Salvage Swings utilizes scrap cross-laminated timber panels to create a fun and inviting summer pavilion. The pavilion consists of 12 repetitive modules that frame individual swings and views of the park and surrounding city. The swings are organized collectively in a triangular form to create a new communal space within the park. The open framework of the pavilion can host a variety of activities including community swinging, picnicking, outdoor concerts, and hide-and-seek games. The swing seats come from the window cut-outs between modules and activate a large-scale peg game for kids. Integrated lighting in the swing windows transforms the pavilion at night into a beacon from the banks of the East River in Manhattan and Queens. Following the summer events, individual swing modules from the pavilion can be redistributed in new places and configurations.

Salvage Swings
City of Dreams Pavilion
Roosevelt Island, New York
Built, 2019



Client: Figment NYC, Emerging New York Architects (ENYA), and Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY)
Structural Engineer: Guy Nordenson and Associates
Lighting Design: TM Light
Fabricator: Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design Fablab
Fabrication Team: Randal Dickinson, Angie Carpenter, Shiloh Bemis, Corey Booth, Tony Garbarini, Artemis Hogue, Bryan Murren, Trystan Spears-Thomas, Justin Tucker, Torrey Tracy, Ryan West, Leo Zepeda
All photos © James Leng