SALVAGE SWINGS SUMMER PAVILION
Salvage Swings is a fun and inviting pavilion designed by the architecture practice Somewhere Studio led by Jessica Colangelo and Charles Sharpless. The design was selected from an international competition for the 2019 City of Dreams summer pavilion on Roosevelt Island in New York City. The annual competition is hosted 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). Throughout the 2019 summer season, the pavilion will host a series of public arts events organized by the nonprofit arts organization Figment NYC.
The pavilion design aims to showcase sustainable building practices through the use of salvaged cross-laminated timber panels. Cross-laminated timber is a sustainable building material that is growing in prominence for its efficiency in construction and low carbon footprint. Our pavilion will be constructed out of cross-laminated timber that has been salvaged from a construction project at the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The pavilion design includes 12 almost identical swing structures. The modules can be utilized together to form a community space or stand as individual swings. The swings are designed to be easily assembled and disassembled with a small group of volunteers. This module system will allow the swings to have a life following the summer pavilion activities as individual swings in parks and schools.
Salvage Swings taps into the waste stream of a large-scale cross-laminated timber building under construction in the design team’s local community of Fayetteville, Arkansas. The project proposes utilizing this renewable resource in a pavilion design that can live beyond the City of Dreams summer events as a series of fun and playful swing structures in New York City.
The pavilion is designed to move around. Through conversations with community liaisons, we were encouraged to see the project’s disassembly as important as its assembly. The pavilion is therefore designed to be both sturdy when assembled, yet mobile and easy to take apart and transport.
To achieve this, the major timber components of the project are all sized to be handled and erected by a small group of people. The mechanical fasteners and pre-drilled joints allow for the pieces to be taken apart and put back together without sacrificing the project’s structural integrity. When assembled, the weight of the project will hold itself in place without permanent foundations and can withstand a heavy amount of use and traffic.
Additionally, the swing module is designed as a freestanding and individual structure to allow the project to be re-homed to multiple locations across the city. The module can be deployed as a single box, clustered in small groupings or set up in the full triangular array of the 12 boxes. By giving more possibilities for the afterlife of the project, we hope to ensure its longevity beyond the summer.
Currently under construction in our local community of Fayetteville, Arkansas is a large-scale mass timber residence hall project. The large-scale structure utilized over 100 shipping containers of cross-laminated timber and was shipped to the United States on cross-laminated timber palettes that consists of a 3-ply (60mm) panel. This sacrificial shipping palette ensures that the building panels stacked above are not scratched during the shipping process. Our pavilion will utilize 12 of these sacrificial panels as raw material to construct the swing modules.
Our team undertook a series of prototypes to study and refine the swing module design last December. The prototypes were made at the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design Fablab. The prototypes were used to test the material processing, material strength, connections and finishing. The cross-laminated timber panels of the swing module were designed to be routed on a digitally controlled mill. This allows for a high level of precision in the finger joint design. Below are some photographs of the fabrication process and a time-lapse video showing how one swing module is assembled.
We are grateful to be able to up-cycle this salvaged CLT and fabricate the project at the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design Fabrication Lab with assistance from the fabrication lab techs and our students. We have received a $7,000 grant from Figment to get started, however we need your support to bring this pavilion fully to life!
Your contributions will go directly towards:
- Hardware and Fasteners...to hold it all together!
- Sealants and Paint...to keep the wood in good shape!
- Shipping and Logistics...to get the project installed in New York City!
- Lighting...to make the project visible from Manhattan and Queens!
Remember its all or nothing! If we don't meet our kickstarter goal, we don't get to keep any of the money that we've raised.
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All donations are tax-deductible.
Salvage Swings was designed by Somewhere Studio, an architecture practice based in Fayetteville, Arkansas and led by co-founders Jessica Colangelo and Charles Sharpless. Through commissioned projects, research and exhibitions, the team approaches architecture as a stage for conversation between clients and designers, rooms and details and buildings and the city.
Jessica Colangelo is an architectural designer and Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas. Jessica received a Master of Architecture from Princeton University where she was awarded the Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Prize and a Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University where she received the AIA School Medal. Prior to forming Somewhere Studio, she practiced at Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, Office dA and Carlos Jiménez Studio.
Charles Sharpless, AIA is a licensed architect, Lecturer at the University of Arkansas (UA) and Project Architect at the UA Community Design Center. Charles received a Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University. Prior to forming Somewhere Studio, he practiced at Michael Maltzan Architecture, Studio Hillier, Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects and Machado Silvetti.
Somewhere Studio will develop the project design over the next few months in collaboration with Guy Nordenson Associates, TM Light, and the generous support of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design.
Salvage Swings Postcard.
Salvage Swings Sticker Sheet.
Salvage Swings Tote Bag design is close to finalized with the help of our awesome family members, the Holdens! A salvage swing amongst the trees will be printed with white ink on a gray cotton tote.
Salvage Swings Paper Model design is underway and we will post an update this week!
Rope Swings will be made out of scrap cross-laminated timber. Swings will be made to order and available in natural wood with a clear coat wood sealer, or painted red as seen below.
Thank you all for supporting SALVAGE SWINGS!
Risks and challenges
We love the potentials for cross-laminated timber as a renewable and beautiful building material. However, exposing this wood to the elements presents new challenges with regards to weather resistance. We see this pavilion as an opportunity to study the effects of moisture on cross-laminated timber construction, and if our campaign is successful, we will post updates on the pavilion's weathering throughout the summer.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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