FIGMENT, the Emerging New York Architect Committee (ENYA) of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY), and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) are pleased to announce that Studio Klimoski Chang Architects’ Head in the Clouds has been assembled on Governors Island.
Designers Jason Klimoski, AIA, and Lesley Chang of Studio Klimoski Chang Architects kept sustainability in mind when designing Head in the Clouds. The structure’s armature is made from 1.5″ aluminum tubes that use less material and are easier to transport than more traditional materials such as wood.
All the materials are recyclable in an effort to limit the carbon footprint. Klimoski and Chang worked with schools and local organizations, including New York Road Runners and NYCRUNS, to collect the 53,780 milk jugs and water bottles needed to create Head in the Clouds.
The jugs were used to create 120 “pillows” that give the cloud its bumpy, organic shape. The bottles, accentuated with organic food coloring and water, create the interior’s blue hue.
Head in the Clouds offers visitors the chance to walk into the clouds, experiencing them from the inside out.