I recently entered into Architizer’s Pop-Up Chapel competition and wanted to share with you the results and my design(s).

The Faberge Pop-Up Chapel employs the use of laminated wooden pieces, colored acrylic panels, and off the shelf metal fasteners to create a domed chapel that commemorates New York’s historic legislation legalizing same-sex marriage. I wanted the structure to create a memorable and intimate space for the couples and witnesses while providing high visibility for the public at large and other attendants. I believe that a landmark case in marriage equality deserves a landmark piece of architecture regardless of its permanence.

Sadly, I did not make the final cut for the competition but you can see the fruits of my labor above and below. I am very pleased with my results and the winner’s designs are not too shabby either. This is the first competition I have entered in awhile but stay tuned! I promise this is not my last. If you are interested in a breakdown of the parts and pieces for the Faberge Pop-Up design, feel free to contact me here for more information.

The origins for the dome design sprung from a series of earlier cardboard tube pop-up chapel studies with various classic chapel vaults carved out of the allotted 8′ x 8′ x 10′ space. This 48 hour design charrette provided me 8 designs to choose from and develop further (including the Faberge design). Below are a few thumbnails showing some my favorites from the process.

The Vaulted Rainbow design uses a series of cardboard tubes strung together by a 3D grid work of wooden dowels and metal fasteners. The interior lining of each tube has been painted with a vibrant rainbow pattern to create a cathedral-like ambiance. The vault is designed to use progressively smaller cuts from a single tube in order to reduce the number of tubes needed to complete the design (about 60).

Similar to the Vaulted Rainbow design, the Domed Cube design uses a series of cardboard tubes strung together by a 3D grid work of metal rods and off the shelf fasteners. The interior void that has been carved out of the design is what led to the final design of the Faberge Pop-Up submission.

Are you interested in who won the competition? Perhaps you’re interested in tying the knot this Saturday. Check out the links below for more information.

Pop-Up Chapel winners! [Architizer]
Pop-Up Chapel’s official site [Pop-Up Chapel with The Knot]
Pop-Up Chapel coverage [Curbed]

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