Photos courtesy of New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition

The winners of the International Ideas Competition to reimagine New York State Pavilion were revealed yesterday at the Queens Museum.

The ideas contest, hosted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and sponsored by Borough President Melinda Katz, called upon great visionaries of all walks of life to tackle the task of bringing the iconic pavilion of the 1964 World’s Fair into the current era. Using the “anything goes” approach, the goal of the contest wasn’t to select a definitive proposal but to highlight the New York State Pavilion’s potential to serve as a vibrant public space.

Over 250 creative submissions poured in from across the world. A panel of judges with expertise in the fields of architecture, design, community engagement, planning, public policy and public space management selected first-, second- and third-place winners. The Queens-based winner was selected by the competition team and the fan favorite was selected through public vote on the competition website

Creative proposals are currently exhibited at the Queens Museum through Aug. 22.

Here are the winning proposals:

First place: “Hanging Meadows”- Aidan Doyle and Sarah Wan, Seattle, WA


“Hanging Meadows” took the judges’ breath away, and it is easy to see why. This design re-purposes the pavilion, a once-monumental totem to civilization, into a strong base with which to suspend marvels of nature. This futuristic botanical garden would feature plants, trees and flowers indigenous to the northeast. Visitors will traverse this floating wonder with walkways suspended in the air. Beneath the garden would lie a planetarium and spaces designated for educational purposes.


Second place: “Civic Hub”- Javier Salinas, New York, NY


The second prize went to the design created by Javier Salinas dubbed “Civic Hub.” This contribution to the competition has more of a focus on the betterment of the local community as compared to the first-prize winner. It proposes a place to host public events for the people. The design includes a glass event area within the confines of the pavilion that could be used for all sorts of events. One of the towers would be converted into a towering and beautiful library and the other would be repurposed into a resource center for the community. The design also includes a brand-new sculpture/fitness garden and playground.


Third place: “Pavilion for the Community”- Rishi Kejrewal and Shaurya Sharma, Bhopal, India


The third-prize winning design also continues in the tradition of community betterment. The plan, aptly named “Pavilion for the Community,” proposes an eco-friendly center of cultural exchange. It adds elevated structures around the perimeter of the great pillars, and each platform would feature booths that showcase the best of every culture of the world. As mentioned, the plan calls for the structures to be 100 percent green and self-sufficient.

Queens winner: “Pavilion Park”- Cesar Juarez and Alida Rose Delaney, Queens, NY

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“Pavilion Park” by Queens-based designers Cesar Juarez and Alida Rose Delaney proposes to make the pavilion into a place where people can seek solace in a open and natural environment. Juarez and Delaney propose to remove the existing walls and allowing greenery into the area at angled platforms. These platforms would allow for activities and the area will also feature a stage in the center. They also propose including a sizable mural wall in which to showcase up-and-coming talent.

Fan favorite: “Tent of the Future” – Houiji Ramzi, Saint-Etienne, France

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The public showed the most love for this proposal by French designer Houiji Ramzi. “Tent of the Future” proposes to create an open public space through combining sustainable development with new technologies. The French designer suggests installing solar panels on the pavilion to capture energy that will serve to diversify activities inside of the structure. 


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Mg August 06, 2016 / 10:46PM
Regarding the Fan Favorite: Pretty sure that the designer's name is Houiji Ramzi, and he's from the city of Saint-Etienne in France.

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