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Burble Bup, Governors Island, New York, United States

Tuesday 03 May 2011

Winner selected for Governors Island

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Bittertang's 'Burble Bup' wins City of Dreams competition 

An international jury last Thursday selected ‘Burble Bup’ as the winner of the City of Dreams Pavilion Competition. Now in its second year, the annual competition invites designers from around the globe to design and build a sustainable temporary gathering place for activities on New York’s Governors Island. Bittertang’s ‘Burble Bup’ was selected from 80 entries and 5 finalists. The competition sponsors (FIGMENTS, The Emerging New York Architects Committee of the Institute of Architects New York Chapter (ENYA), and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) are working with the winning team to have the pavilion up and running on Governors Island for the summer season.

The pavilion roof is constructed of inflatable components called ‘Bups’ that are customisable to provide visual interest and shelter, and joined together by sticky connections. Bittertang envisioned strangers lounging and mingling within ‘Burble Bup’s’ earthen walls, laying down and feeling comfortable underneath constantly shifting coloured light. ‘Burble Bup’ is a secret hideout that lures people into its soft and magical interior through the use of a colourful inflatable roof. Once inside, they are enticed to stay, mingling among new friends and upon plush soil tubes. The pavilion isn’t so much a space of circulation but one of rest and social interaction.

All of the structure’s materials are sustainable and will have no impact on the site. In fact, each of the pavilion’s elements will go on to enhance New York City’s public spaces well after its deployment. The non-toxic inflatable Bups will be donated to NYC public swimming pools to be used as floating toys for the summer 2012 season. The fabric used for the soil tubes will be composted, and the soil within them re-used along the Pampas Grass planted around the structure, for future landscape projects on the Island.

‘Burble Bup’ will be open to the public from 27th May to 25th September. An exhibition about the project will also be on view at New York’s Center for Architecture from 18th July to 16th September.

Sharon Mchugh
US Correspondent

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