Coney Island: The Parachute Pavilion Competition by Zoe Ryan, Jonathan Cohen-Litant

By Zoe Ryan, Jonathan Cohen-Litant

For nearly a hundred years, Coney Island used to be the preferred seashore vacation spot within the usa. Eachyear, hundreds of thousands escaped the warmth of recent York urban to relish the thrills of the Cyclone curler coaster and sweetness Wheel on the Astroland entertainment park. They got here to pattern an unique Nathan's well-known sizzling puppy, witness the 1st demolition derby, or to take an opportunity at a video game of three-card Monte at the mythical boardwalk. the arrival of air-conditioning, issues approximately Coney's "tawdry" leisure, and speedier transportation to different seashores hastened the death of what had turn into a uniquely American icon of leisure and a defining terminus of latest York on the water's edge.

In an attempt to revitalize the realm, the Van Alen Institute, in live performance with the Coney Island improvement company, held the Parachute Pavilion festival, a competition to layout a year-round pavilion within the shadow of the Parachute bounce, a landmark equipped for the 1939 World's reasonable. Coney Island: The Parachute Pavilion Competition offers all 864 submissionsfrom the possible to the fantasticreceived from worldwide. The profitable layout via London-based Carmody Groarke Hardie is a captivating allure in its personal correct, composed of 2 provocative trapezoids illuminated through millions of coloured gentle bulbs. The layout respects the old icon lower than which it really is positioned but additionally can provide to develop into an icon in its personal correct and produce the fun-loving spirit of Coney Island into the twenty-first century. that includes essays, photographic documentation, and jury reviews, Coney Island: The Parachute Pavilion Competition is a severe source for college kids, designers, urban officers, and someone attracted to Coney Island and the reinvention of the ancient activity websites of our towns.

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The interior of a singular stepped space is left open to house a gallery, restaurant, and/or beach shop. The unusual abstract form of the pavilion stands as a new landmark for Coney Island and pays homage to its iconic neighbor. The surfaces of the pavilion—floors, walls, and ceilings—are perforated with voids and windows that are deliberately aligned to frame views of the Parachute Jump and the ocean. By raising the pavilion above the boardwalk, visitors are able to walk freely around the structure and directly across the site twenty-four hours a day via a ramped public space underneath the cantilevered form.

Selected Projects The following projects are highlighted as particularly inventive submissions to The Parachute Pavilion Competition. They are divided into ten themes: (In)Suspense , Beachscape , Tactile TECH-Style , Coneyscope , Extending the Boardwalk , Beyond the Brief , Archi-type , Active (S)pace , Medium as Media , and Take Away . These groupings reveal thought-provoking juxtapositions and illustrate the diversity of the submissions. The extraordinary response to The Parachute Pavilion Competition, the largest in the Institute’s one-hundred-year history of design competitions, and the high caliber of the projects demonstrates the critical role of design and architecture in the regeneration of cities and the importance of recreation in elevating the quality of public life.

The overhanging section of the pavilion provides shade from the sun and shelter during the winter. It is punctuated by a single shaft of daylight that penetrates the structure through a cut-out window, marking the entrance while at the same time polarizing views of the Parachute Jump. The building is made from materials that relate strongly to its context—the boardwalk, the colors of the beachfront, and the lights of Coney Island. A diagonal grid of light bulbs wraps the elevated pavilion, protected by a layer of highly colored glass.

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