Somewhere Studio’s Project Selected For City of Dreams 2019 Pavilion

somewhere studioCharles Sharpless, a new AIA Arkansas member, shares this news. He and Jessica Colangelo are partners in the architecture firm Somewhere Studio and professors at the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas. Their Salvage Swings project has been selected for the City of Dreams 2019 Pavilion.

Salvage Swings utilizes scrap cross-laminated timber panels from an ongoing construction site to create a fun and inviting summer pavilion at Lighthouse Park on Roosevelt Island. The pavilion is constructed of 12 simple modules that frame a swing and the swinger’s view. The modules are organized in a triangular form, allowing for activities beyond swinging. The module frames provide covered seating areas, the space within them becomes a central gathering space for community events, and the entire pavilion can become a playground for hide-and-seek games. Following the summer events, individual modules from the pavilion can be redistributed as individual swings to parks across the city.

The project is hosted by Figment NYC, the AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA), and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY). They had structural engineering support from Guy Nordenson Associates and lighting design from Taylor and Miller Sharpless says they are very grateful for the support they have received from the Fay Jones School. More information on the project can be found at