Emerging practices and their designers and visual artists were invited to submit work for the inaugural Design Seaport, a biennial juried competition that calls design professionals to create public art that engages, inspires, and unites the community through an immersive, shared experience.
An exuberant, larger than life installations by an emerging area design team, CO-G , is now on display, inviting all who visit Seaport this spring to be immersed in exciting, shared experiences. Presented by WS Development and OverUnder, with support from the Boston Society of Architects, the Mayor’s Office for New Urban Mechanics, and the Boston Art Commission, Design Seaport features two unique interactive works that visually shift with the activity of its surroundings.
Designer: Elle Gerdeman, CO—G
Located in Harbor Way
A colorful ‘puffy’ pavilion has arrived at Seaport’s Harbor Way. Somewhere between New England cedar shingles and the loose fit of a favorite pair of jeans, the pavilion speaks to the familiarity and nostalgia of our collective favorite things. A structure standing 13 feet tall utilizes a bright cobalt frame to suspend 80 puffy shingles filled with recycled denim insulation and other fabric waste. A layer of shredded, recycled foam wraps the pavilion in a chromatic speckling. Casually draped over the frame, each puffy shingle invites visitors to walk, bump, hug, and lounge freely between the soft, pillow-like walls. Creating a space within a place, the multi-layered shingled panels invite conversation around being “inside” versus “outside” and seek to create an experience of pulling back the curtain to enter or exit. Accompanying benches will live inside and outside of the pavilion, encouraging guests to socially distance while they take pause and observe their surroundings.
The puffy shingles, constructed of transparent marine vinyl and cobalt canvas, carry lavender stitching patterns reminiscent of quilting, an art form and medium for storytelling. In this installation, the quilt comes to life vertically to create a larger space for people to gather, have a conversation, and share their stories. Following its use at the Seaport, all insulation will take on another life and be re-used and installed permanently in a neighborhood building this autumn. www.co-g.co
About Elle Gerdeman | CO—G
Elle Gerdeman is a licensed architect, Design Critic in Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, founder of CO—G Architects, and recently named “Next Progressives” by Architect Magazine. The work of her studio, CO—G, produces architecture that is simultaneously familiar and unusual, even mischievous—through material, cultures of construction, and maintenance. Gerdeman held the Rotch fellowship, where her continued research examines cultural production amongst regional identity and altered resources through the lens of weather. Previously, she taught studios at MIT exploring design through alternate forms of representation and authorship and as Associate at Höweler+Yoon, led architecture and public art projects in Dubai, Shanghai, and the US. This included FloatLab, a submersible ring designed to experience a contaminated river, which won a Progressive Architecture Award, and the 2020 Empathy Pavilion in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab. She worked in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Rotterdam, where at OMA she contributed on the Timmerhaus Cultural Center, the Qatar National Library, and the Venice Biennale. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally, including the Hong Kong Shenzhen Biennale, ACADIA 2014, and Gallery A4 Tokyo. Gerdeman received a Master of Architecture from Harvard University GSD with commendation and a BFA in Design with arts and computation with honors from Miami University. www.co-g.co