Monday, May 30, 2011

FIGMENT minigolf pavilion

I just completed the design and installation of the FIGMENT minigolf pavilion on Governor's Island in New York Harbor. The minigolf course is an important revenue stream for the FIGMENT arts festival and the pavilion is a clear center and organizer of the huge traffic flow through the area. The pavilion was designed to provide shade for the volunteers staffing the course and make it easy to dispense putters, balls and scorecards. The steel frame and CNC cut plywood parts were made by Digifabshop of Hudson, NY.  It's roof was designed using a stressed skin, 'semi-monocoque' plywood structure often used in aircraft construction, and the entire structure was inspired by a 50's 'googie' aesthetic emphasizing traffic flow and signage as important parts of the design. It offers clear queuing, and the counter-top ball ramp is also an arrow pointing directly at the first minigolf hole.

Many thanks to Damon Hamm and all of the volunteers who helped grind, paint and assemble it.

More photos can be seen in this flickr gallery.

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