Although some may have been rooting for this cheeky cheeseburger museum to take home first place in the National Trust for Historic Preservation‘s competition to reimagine Queens’ beloved but decaying New York State Pavilion, top honors actually went to Seattle architects Sarah Wan and Aidan Doyle for their verdant “Hanging Meadow” design. The proposal re-envisions the pavilion as a lush greenhouse garden blob that “bubbles” out of the iconic structure’s roof.


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Second place ‘Pavilion Park’ by Cesar Juarez and Alida Rose Delaney.

The competition sought design proposals that would possibly be used to renovate the New York State Pavilion, which was originally designed by Philip Johnson for the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair.

Wan and Doyle’s winning design is an urban greenhouse forest of native Northeast species “floating” inside of a clear bubble-like blob set on top of the original pavilion roof. Renderings of the design also show a planetarium and classrooms inside the structure.

“It’s an iconic landmark,” said Ms. Wan. “We’re always interested in new ideas and how older buildings in disuse can become new revitalized structures.”

Related: Giant cheeseburger-shaped museum proposed as a way to revitalize the New York State Pavilion

Although the competition sought to raise awareness around the need to restore the pavilion, it doesn’t look like the structure is getting a fancy new facelift anytime soon. According to the Real Deal, the city has only $12.9 million to put towards its restoration, and the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation estimates that renovating costs would requires more than $52 million.

Raising the additional funds for the renovation may be easier if there is a “strong and innovative vision of the pavilion’s future role in the community,” said Stephanie Meeks, president and chief executive of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

“We certainly hope it will encourage designers and visitors alike to think about the historic assets in their own neighborhoods that, with a little love and ingenuity, can continue to play a vibrant role in our lives,” Meeks added.

The winning design, along with all of the competition entries, will be on exhibit at the Queens Museum from August 5-28.

+ Sarah Wan

+ Aidan Doyle

Via The Real Deal and The Wall Street Journal

Images via National Trust for Historic Preservation