Architecture fans and Jack-o'-lantern aficionados alike came out in gourds on Friday for Center for Architecture's first annual Pumpkitecture competition. 18 NYC design firms got the crowd pump(kin)ed up by live-carving their orange orbs into iconic buildings during the 1-hour architectural carving contest. In the end, only one team's squash-tastic creation was able to smash the others and take home the coveted Pritzkerpumpkin. Treat yourself to a gallery of the finalists below.
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.
The coveted Pritzkerpumpkin.
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.
Check out more of the finalists in our photo gallery.
Photos: Yuka Yoneda for Inhabitat