Flint Public Art Project and Flint Chapter of the American Institute of Architects have recently announced winners of Flat Lot Competition. Two Islands – team of architects and designers based in London won the $25,000 grand prize and will design and build temporary summer pavilion on Flint’s central downtown parking lot. The project opens June 14 for Flint Art Walk and will remain on the site in Michigan until fall. The competition was launched last fall and it called for a temporary structure that would support public programs by providing amenities such as seating, shade, cooling devices, and a stage for performances, taking up no more than eight parking spaces. 221 entries were submitted by the March 1 deadline.
Satisfied with the winning proposal, executive director of Flint Public Art Project said that they are thrilled that the first design-build competition co-organized with AIA-Flint produced a beautiful symbol of a new city.
Highly reflective and seductive winning spectacle clearly shows how art and design can transform public spaces and will provide an amenity of great importance for all Flint residents and visitors to all their summer events at the Flat Lot. Mark’s House, how it is named, tells the story of an imaginary Flint resident, Mark Hamilton, whose family loses a home to foreclosure. Clad in reflective panels on top of a mirrored pedestal, the Tudor-style structure is a metaphor for what the city has lost as well as for the ongoing revitalization, while providing the canopy and the stage for the upcoming events. The structure can hold up to 1,500 gallons of water, which would serve as a cooling spray during hot season.