Each year, the City of Dreams Pavilion provides a temporary architectural structure for visitors to Governors Island to enjoy, and one of the most crucial criteria is that the pavilion can be recycled after the summer ends. Rather than just designing a structure from any recycled or recyclable materials, BanG’s entry was site-specific to the island itself. The New York Harbor School, located on Governors Island, teaches youths the benefits of raising oysters, from their natural cleansing properties to aiding in storm surge, in New York waters.
What’s so great about the Billion Oyster Pavilion is that its presence and use on the island may be temporary, but the materials used to build it will permanently benefit both Governors Island and the waters of New York. After a summer of music, family play, and picnicking beneath the pavilion, it will be disassembled, and then rebuilt by the Harbor School as an oyster habitat. The materials won’t even have to be boated back to Manhattan or Brooklyn, just simply towed over to the school on-site.
By supporting BanG’s Billion Oyster Pavilion, you’re also supporting fresh, clean water in New York City – as well as a great public project you can enjoy all summer long.