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ICRAVE + Z A studio: pop up chapel
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aug 02, 2011
ICRAVE + Z A studio: pop up chapel


inside view of ‘the ribbons’ by ICRAVE
image © celine willard

in celebration of new york city’s recently passed marriage equality act, 24 same-sex couples
have wed in two pop-up chapels created by new york architects Z-A studio and ICRAVE.
hosted in central park on july 30, 2011 – the first saturday since the legalization – the temporary
structures were the winning entries of a design competition sponsored by architizer and the knot.
the brief called for non-denominational chapels that could be installed in less than 2 hours with
a maximum footprint of 2.4m x 2.4m


front view
image © celine willard

‘the ribbon’ by manhattan-based design practice ICRAVE consists of hundreds of rainbow streamers
hanging from a porous armature. creating a translucent and colourful cloud over the ‘alter’,
the couples will be able to tie the ribbons in a knot during the ceremony and take with them
after the celebration.


‘kiss’ by Z-A studio
image © melissa murphy

influenced by the spiralling structure of a DNA strand, Z-A design (guy zucker) has created ‘kiss’
out of stacked honeycomb cardboard. the recycled materials make up two separate components
that could not stand without the other.


front view
image © celine willard


image © celine willard


image © melissa murphy


elevation, sketched detail, and plan of ‘the ribbons’


renderings of ‘the kiss’

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