Parachute Pavilion (Coney Island, New York) Designed by @FC3ARCHITECTPosted: July 14, 2012
The Parachute Pavilion is located on the boardwalk edge of the former Steeplechase Park site adjacent to “Brooklyn’s Eiffel Tower” (a 262-foot-high Parachute Jump, which is a New York City designated landmark since 1989) and KeySpan Park. The pavilion encompasses the entire 7,800 SF footprint.
The Parachute Pavilion boosts a two-story indoor/ outdoor Restaurant, kitchen, bar, and restrooms accessible from the existing boardwalk. On the lower level is a Multi-use Exhibition/Event Space (a flexible and revenue producing space for private and public exhibits and events) and four offices (for city agencies or local advocacy groups). The store sells Coney Island and Parachute Jump souvenirs, surfing gear, and fishing supplies.
The form from which this building was developed was inspired by all things American – apple pie, baseball, hotdogs on the boardwalk, the (feeling of) Fourth of July, and Rock-and-Roll. After visiting the site, a 4-minute 14-second video using the still images of the trip was produced. The moving images were accompanied by Jimi Hendrix’s “Star-spangled Banner” (August 17, 1969 recording), which affected the transitions from image-to-image (because a moving photo editing filter was used). The still images from the video were used to create figure-grounds, which were explored using a series photo editing filtering techniques.
The final diagram was placed on the given site to respect the historic Parachute Jump. The building opens itself to “create” and “frame” views much like the “filtering process” used to develop the building form. The occupants of the pavilion will sense the presence (and omnipresence) of the jump structure while flowing through the “filtering” spaces as shadows dance on the floors through the 3-dimensional light wells, from the upper level down to the lower level. Materials and finishes tie new with old. Outside and inside are blurred and intertwined by elegant glass walls.
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