Announcing the winning design of PUBLIC SUMMER on Governors Island

SUPERFRONT is proud to congratulate saA for their winning design entry: Fictional Figures.

FICTIONAL FIGURES situates a collection of objects in the landscape, a family of forms at once similar and singular.  The figures become the columns, tables and chairs for the library, arranging themselves in ways that create multiple scales of space, from the intimate (a nook to read) to the communal (a reading room).  Using a simple tectonic and set of manipulations, the project investigates the line between repetition and variation (considering material efficiencies, budget, limits of construction on one hand, playfulness on the other).  At the same time, the project plays a game of hide and seek in the landscape, using texture, material, form and color to blur distinctions between figure and field.

The charrette took place on Governors Island in historic Pershing Hall, where over 50 designers had only two hours to compete. PUBLIC SUMMER: Library of Immediacy will be a semi-outdoor space to support a curated set of public activities on Governors Island by The People’s Library and

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Jurors included: David Benjamin (The Living), Lauren Crahan (Freecell), Scott Hughes (Robert Silman Associates), Rocket Osborne (Figment), Cassim Shepard (Urban Omnibus), and Mabel Wilson (Columbia GSAPP).

About the designers:
saA is Amy Chang and Seo Young Shin. They met in graduate school at the Yale School of Architecture (M.Arch I class of 2011) where they discovered a shared love of drawing.  Through drawing they have explored themes of the real and unreal, reimagined the ordinary, articulated architectural space, and recorded adventures abroad.  They are interested in finding intersections between architecture, art, music and landscape. Amy is originally from the Bay Area and works at Davies Tang & Toews in Brooklyn.  Seo Young is from Seoul, South Korea and works at SOM, New York.

Public Summer: Library of Immediacy construction will be supported through donated materials from Materials For The Arts, Build it Green NYC, other partners, and novice construction volunteers.

Thank you very much to all who participated!

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