The New York State Pavilion was constructed sixty years ago in Queens as a beacon of hope and innovation for the 1964 World’s Fair. Now, after decades of neglect, city leaders and historical organizations are banding together to develop a plan for breathing new life into the iconic landmark. An ideas competition is now accepting submissions that redesign the pavilion for future use. And this design contest is unique in that it isn’t just a chance for architects and engineers to show off their skills. The contest is accepting entries from anyone over the age of 13, encouraging people of all ages to participate in envisioning the pavilion’s future.
The challenge is deceptively simple: how do you take something old and make it new again? Despite being located right inside of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the New York State Pavilion has been off-limits to the public for years, except for one special event in 2014. This new design competition aims to drum up inspirational redesigns that can transform the architectural icon into a usable public space for current residents. Additionally, the contest has a forward-thinking requirement, as entries will also be judged on their sustainability considerations for future generations.
The competition is presented by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and People for the Pavilion, and sponsored by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. Entries are already being accepted, with full proposals displayed on the competition website, and site visitors are invited to vote on their favorites. So far, the entries are mostly recreational in nature, ranging from a hotel to a public swimming pool to a laser tag stadium. As of the time of this report, the most popular entry calls for renovating the pavilion into a public park and exhibition space.
The design competition is open to anyone over the age of 13, and international submissions are encouraged. The deadline for entries is July 1, 2016, so get those ideas in people!