Pumpkitecture: Architects live-carve pumpkins into gourd-geous iconic buildings

by , 10/31/16
filed under: Architecture,Art NYC


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Participating teams included ARO, Bernheimer Architecture, BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, Buro, Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects, KPFF, Marpillero Pollak Architects, MVVA, Rockwell Group, ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers, SITU Studio, SOFTlab, SO-IL, STUDIOS Architecture, Studio Gang, WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, WORKac, and WXY architecture + urban design.

pumpkitecture, center for architecture, archtober, pumpkin buildings, halloween 2016, pumpkin art, nyc architecture, jack-o-lanterns, pumpkin architecture, halloween craftsThe coveted Pritzkerpumpkin.

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After much deliberation, judges Avinash Rajagopal, Senior Editor, Metropolis Magazine; Robert Kirkbride, Dean, Parsons School of Constructed Environments; Phebe Pierson, Union Square Greenmarket; Michael McDonnell, Coney Island Brewing Company; and Natasha Jen, Partner, Pentagram awarded the prized Pritzkerpumpkin to SITU Studio‘s imaginative “Concrete Pumpkin Void”, which was cast on-site in concrete.

The People’s Pumpkin, decided by audience vote, went to ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers’ pumpkin half-houses modeled after the work of Pritzker prize-winner Alejandro Aravena, while the Spookiest Spirits award went to MVVA for their whiskey-spiked, cider-filled pumpkin. WORKac took home the Lucifer’s Lantern award for their illuminated pumpkin innards, and Best Vomitorium went to SOFTlab for their depiction of firm principal Mike Szivos vomiting a parametric pattern. Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects’ pumpkin Sydney Opera House was the best Malignant Mimic and Architecture Research Office’s suspended pumpkin cross-sections received the Mad Engineer prize.

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Last but not least, Bernheimer Architecture‘s “Carlo Scare-pa’s Castelzucchavecchio (modeled after Castelvecchio Museum) which took home the prize for Most Obscure Reference.

Check out more of the finalists in our photo gallery.

+ Center for Architecture

Photos: Yuka Yoneda for Inhabitat

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