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Billion Oyster Pavilion
Architects: BanG studio
Design Team: Babak Bryan, Henry Grosman, and Suzie Betts with Sam Janis
Client: New York Harbor School
Photographers: Courtesy of the architects
BanG’s proposal for the Billion Oyster Pavilion joins two of Governors Island’s most exciting enterprises: FIGMENT / ENYA / SEAoNY’s City of Dreams Pavilion and The New York Harbor School’s Billion Oyster Project. The materials that form the woven canopy (steel rebar, nylon rope, and hose clamps) are used in their harbor restoration work. The base of the pavilion is comprised of custom-cast “Reef Balls,” a restoration device that the school will also use as part of their habitat creation effort. The pavilion will be donated to the Harbor School and its materials will be completely re-used on the island once the summer ends and the pavilion is decommissioned.
The steel triangles in the canopy will be made into ‘oyster condos’ which will be filled with recycled oyster shells. the canopy is made of assembled clusters of rebar triangles, connected together with plastic ties to create a structural network similar to a dome. the concrete ‘reef blocks’ at the base of the structure and the filled habitation spaces will be covered in ‘oyster spat’ and introduced into the harbor to form new reefs.
In addition to providing material, the pavilion will also bring awareness to the billion oyster project, providing the public the opportunity to see this technology and to learn about its uses.
The canopy is connected together with plastic ties to create a structural network similar to a dome.