Emily Ashby, UVA, architecture, design, Harvard, Harvard GSD, Utile, urban design, zamboni, pavilion, shed, type

Zamboni Pavilion / UTILE

In my year working at Utile, architecture and urban planning firm in Boston, I had the opportunity to work with Elizabeth Christoforetti on a very small-scale, fun project for a zamboni pavilion in Kendall Square.

The zamboni functions as the star in the unique spectacle of ice-resurfacing. Seasonal outdoor ice-skating is a community favorite in Kendall Square, and the current shed housing this object of utility and entertainment is an uninspired eyesore.

The design concept for a zamboni pavilion is to incorporate storage with an iconic public space and art amenity. Four design “families” find inspiration from garden follies, scandanavian household glass, ice sculpture, and graphic floral wallpaper.