Once a groundbreaking focal point to the 1964-65 World’s Fair, the New York State Pavilion now stands in disuse within Queens’ Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. In the hopes of bringing New Yorkers back into contact with the dilapidated historic structure, non-profit organization People for the Pavilion along with the National Trust for Historic Preservation hosted a public visionary competition for a redesign of the iconic New York City landmark with quite simple guidelines: “anything goes.”
The winning entry in the competition combined community, sustainability, and legacy to create a promising future to compliment the pavilion’s colorful past. The first place cash prize was awarded to Aidan Doyle and Sarah Wan who collaboratively designed Hanging Meadows, a suspended greenhouse supported by the pavilion’s existing columns.
The outpouring of new ideas for its re-use not only shows how beloved this structure is, it gives me confidence that this great building can have a future that will be as meaningful as its past.”
— Paul Goldberger, Architecture Critic and Panel Judge
All winning designs will be featured in an exclusive exhibit at the Queens Museum open for viewing until August 28th.