Design Workshop: Design Workshop 2019

Parsons Design Workshop 2019 continued our two-year partnership with the Trust for Governors Island. A collaborative design process that examined the history of the Island and the ethnography of the site culminated in the creation of Pagganuck — a solar shading pavilion and iconic visual marker inspired by the building techniques of the Lenape Tribe,
Native Americans of the Manhattan region, who referred to the island as Pagganuck or “Nut Island” named for its plentiful hickory, oak, and chestnut trees.

Pagganuck incorporates bent laminated wood arches with exterior powder coated steel cladding panels combined with
repurposed PVC mesh that formerly clad the New School water towers at 70 5th Avenue. Covering a cobblestone patio, the pavilion accommodates custom outdoor seating made from cork, white oak and steel brackets that can be arranged by the users. The moveable seating named "Okto" takes its inspiration from the triangular form of the Pavilion's peaks.

Reminiscent of Lenape longhouse shelters, Pagganuck affords a space for users to meet, seek shelter from the sun,
picnic, or a space from which to enjoy a performance at the nearby Lab.

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