We can always count on the City of Dreams competition to offer a unique architectural installation on Governors Island, often made of a collection of a single item. In previous years there have been a pavilion of discarded plastic cups and a collection of custom reef balls for the Billion Oyster Project. There’s a reason for that – the competition specifically asks contestants to think about the sustainable future of the planet, with an undoubtable strains on resources, and gives emphasis towards projects that adaptively reuse existing materials.
Just announced is the Hanger Barn, to be made of thousands of discarded wire hangers (at least 21,456 to be exact) by Folio Architects (Youngsu Lee and Bosuk Hur), which pending approvals will be on display in the summer of 2016. The hangers would be sourced from dry cleaners and other locations throughout New York City, connected into a sculptural form by zip ties. After its implementation as an installation, the hangers could be reused again. As previously, movement of the installation as well as the movement of visitors through it is important, and Hanger Barn “creates the illusion of motion due to the placement of the hangers in fractal patterns, which create shadow effects on the ground below that change with the movement of the sun,” reports the recent Center for Architecture press release.
The City of Dreams competition is run by FIGMENT, the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY), and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY).