Gaze with wonder on the ‘architectural abominations’ carved by some of New York’s major firms
The Center for Architecture, New York hosted its third-annual ‘Pumpkitecture’ competition on Friday, with 19 East Coast firms fighting it out for the top prize, dubbed the Pritzkerpumpkin. Take a look at the winner and inspired runners-up – awarded the ‘pathetic consolation’ prizes – from practices including, SITU, Weiss/Manfredi and Rafael Viñoly, and scroll to the bottom to see the grand prize winner.
All Photots courtesy Center for Architecture.
A Pathetic Consolation: Miserable Mess to Rafael Viñoly Architects
The judges said: rough-hell sin-ñoly architects took home the Miserable Mess prize for A Risk in Resin, their valiant (but unsuccessful) attempt to create a resin-cast pumpkin.
A Pathetic Consolation: The Totem to Weiss/Manfredi
The judges said: frights/manfreaky took home The Totem prize for their Inception-inspired pumpkin-within-a-pumpkin-within-a-pumpkin.
A Pathetic Consolation: Most Profound to Davis Brody Bond
The judges said: Demons Bones Blood took home the Most Profound prize for Atlas Hugged, a humble call, in pumpkin form, for global tolerance and acceptance.
The People’s Pumpkin /A Pathetic Consolation: Pretentioulicious to SITU
The judges said: SitooOOoooOOOoooOo dehydrated pumpkin strands in two phases – with a microwave, followed by a heat machine – which were later formed into a nest-like structure inspired by Newton’s Cenotaph.
WINNER: Pritzkerpumpkin to Alloy
The judges said: This year’s dreaded, deadly jury conferred the Pritzkerpumpkin on first-time team Allium. Firm members conceptualized a jack-in-the-box jack-o-lantern, which explored notions of visibility and presence while emanating sinister smoke plumes.