New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition

How do you reinvent an architectural icon for the 21st century?

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    The New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition received over 250 submissions from across the country and around the world. Voting has ended for our online fan favorite prize. Please stay tuned in early August as we announce our first, second, and third place winners and launch our month-long exhibition at the Queens Museum.

The Competition

A Philip Johnson-designed masterpiece, the New York State Pavilion was the shining star of the 1964-65 World’s Fair, charming millions of visitors who flocked to Queens for the two-year celebration.

Fast forward to today. After decades of disuse and deterioration, this one-of-a-kind structure is poised for a dramatic comeback…but as what?

Presented by the National Trust and People for the Pavilion, and sponsored by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, the New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition was an “anything goes” approach to radically re-imagine one of New York City’s most iconic buildings and a defining landmark of Queens.

The deadline for submissions was July 1, 2016. Our panel of judges will announce the first, second, and third place winners in August. That same month, we will host an exhibition spotlighting the competition and its winners at the Queens Museum.

Questions? Check out the full rules and requirements for the competition. They are also available in Spanish (Reglas y Requisitos) and Chinese (参赛规则).


Competition Team

This ideas competition is a partnership between the National Trust and People for the Pavilion, a volunteer-run nonprofit organization devoted to raising awareness of the historic value of the New York State Pavilion and its potential to serve as a vibrant public space.

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New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition Fan Favorite

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Fan Favorite Winner

Congratulations to our fan favorite winner – the "Tent of the Future” submitted by Houiji Ramzi of Saint Etienne, France. This submission is a combination between sustainable development and new technologies. The overall vision is to install solar panels on the Pavilion to capture energy that will diversify the activities inside the structure. The result is an open space accessible to all public. Please stay tuned in early August as we announce our first, second, and third place winners as selected by our panel of judges and launch our month-long exhibition at the Queens Museum.

Programming and Events

This competition was not just for professionals! We partnered with two cutting-edge, Queens-based placemaking organizations—RPGA Studio and Hibridos Collective—to help participants define, represent, and submit their bold ideas for the Pavilion. Beginning in March and running through the end of June, we hosted eight pop up events in neighborhoods throughout Queens where residents and curious passersby could work one-on-one with artists and architects to learn about the Pavilion and to think big about its future use.

Explore the Submissions

The results are in! The New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition received over 250 submissions from across the country and around the world. Voting has ended for our online fan favorite prize. Please stay tuned in early August as we announce our first, second, and third place winners as selected by our panel of judges and launch our month-long exhibition at the Queens Museum.