SLO Architecture's Dwell Vision Award–Winning Design

By Kelsey Keith / Published by Dwell
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Our inaugural award for design innovation goes to a firm whose architectural orb is lean, green, and buoyant.

When Dwell envisioned its first-ever institutional award, we sought to highlight innovators whose technically and artistically groundbreaking work demonstrates a new method, material, or concept that advances modern design. No small feat. From among over 300 entries, Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi of New York–based SLO Architecture were awarded first place for their Harvest Dome 2.0, a twofold project that turns trash into beauty while revealing New York City’s tidal rhythms.

SLO Architecture’s Harvest Dome 2.0 was installed at the Inwood Hill Park inlet in northern Manhattan from July 31 to September 3, 2013.

SLO Architecture’s Harvest Dome 2.0 was installed at the Inwood Hill Park inlet in northern Manhattan from July 31 to September 3, 2013.

 

The firm and its team of volunteers fabricated the Buckminster Fuller–esque dome out of 450 recycled umbrellas.

The firm and its team of volunteers fabricated the Buckminster Fuller–esque dome out of 450 recycled umbrellas.

Funded by a grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the floating, diaphanous orb was built to draw attention to the city’s waterways, particularly one of Manhattan’s last remaining salt marshes.

Funded by a grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the floating, diaphanous orb was built to draw attention to the city’s waterways, particularly one of Manhattan’s last remaining salt marshes.

The architects reassembled steel umbrella frames into a cupola, 24 feet in diameter, that bobs on 128 empty two-liter soda bottles.

The architects reassembled steel umbrella frames into a cupola, 24 feet in diameter, that bobs on 128 empty two-liter soda bottles.

The intervention, according to SLO, "engages the river’s edge from the water’s perspective" and "traces new trajectories of urban life."

The intervention, according to SLO, "engages the river’s edge from the water’s perspective" and "traces new trajectories of urban life."

Kelsey Keith

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Kelsey Keith has written about design, art, and architecture for a variety of print and online publications.

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