Architecture – American studio CLB Architects has created FILTER, the Design Pavilion of NYCxDESIGN 2022. Located between West 46th and 47th Streets, the installation. Conceived as a foreign object, the thought-provoking pavilion “carves out space for quiet recentering within the frenetic energy of Times Square.” Eric Logan, partner of CLBArchitects, told Archipanic.
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The 20-foot-tall timber and steel ellipsoid pavilion features a ring of pre-fabricated columns, creating an introspective oasis to foster a sense of calm and encourage visitors to be in the moment, connecting with one’s self and the environment. The engaging, sustainable architecture celebrates our precious natural environment, as represented by a tree at its center. “The tree’s dense canopy only partially obscures the sky beyond, inviting occupants to look upward and lose themselves in contemplation.”
“Each element was designed with attention to portability and longevity, well beyond the duration of the NYCxDesign installation.” Said Logan. “The lightly-charred and textured timber elements were crafted from salvaged Glulam beams by Spearhead, sustainable wood technologists based in British Columbia.”
“The laser-cut steel skirts and vertical fins are infilled with ripped sections of repurposed Glulam fir and larch timbers, sourced from offcuts and excess material from completed local projects, to form the pavilion’s ramp surfaces and benches. The mechanical connections for the self-supporting structure are reusable.”
Tactility is king. Half-inch hot rolled steel plates with a protective rust patina surface form the vertical components of the structure. Quarter-inch steel plates wrap the planter, pavilion platform, and entry ramps. The steel skirts and vertical fins are infilled with ripped sections of repurposed Glulam fir and larch timbers, sourced from offcuts and excess material, to form the pavilion ground plane, ramp surfaces, and benches. The timbers are burned, wire-brushed, and stained to create a durable surface that responds to the natural texture of the steel structure.
FILTER is a collaboration between CLB Architects and forward-thinking steel manufacturer EMIT. “Our partnership began as architect and client and has developed over the past two years during the design and construction of EMIT’s headquarters in Sheridan, Wyoming, as we discovered our shared passion for exploring fabrication possibilities.” Said Eric Logan.
After the festival, EMIT will re-assemble the pavilion at its headquarters, where it will continue to serve as a public sculpture. “When it reaches Sheridan, FILTER’s patina will reflect the accumulations of dry western air and East Coast salinity, forging connections across geography.” The tree will be donated to the New York City non-profit The Battery Conservancy.
Photos by Andres Orozco, Leonid Furmansky and Kevin Scott – Courtesy of Design Pavilion.