Organic Growth Pavilion explores the circular economy model in relation to architectural practice. Izaskun Chinchilla Architects repurposed found objects, such as broken umbrellas, photographic tripods and bicycle wheels, to create an inventive temporary structure on Governors Island, New York, in the summer of 2015. The individual elements were classified, assembled and disassembled by a team of novice builders from the local community, and are intended to be reconfigured for use in the future. The collaborative building process involved experimental and iterative prototyping of the structural components, the creation of a construction manual and training workshops.
Organic Growth Pavilion was one of two winning entries in the inaugural ‘City of Dreams Pavilion’ architectural design competition in 2015. The project was made possible through a successful crowdfunding campaign run by Chinchilla. Two working models of the project are now part of the permanent collections of the Centre Pompidou, Paris and the National Gallery of Modern Art, Rome.