Designs Chosen for Gay Wedding Chapels to ‘Pop Up’ in Central Park This Saturday: RENDERINGS


Designs have been chosen from a competition for two "Pop-Up" chapels that will be constructed at Merchants' Gate near 59th Street in  Central Park this Saturday. 24 gay and lesbian couples have been selected to marry in them. Pop Up Chapel begins at 10 am.

Architizer, which sponsored the competition with The Knot, writes about the winning entries:

Z-A Studio‘s “KISS” is a tulip-like volume, comprised of gently caressing waves of stacked recycled honeycomb cardboard. The ensemble is supported by a plywood base, while all materials will be affixed using common wood glue. The architects suggest that the union of the two delicate forms creates a “stable entity, that is more than the sum of its parts”–an apt description of marriage, we think. When abstracted the same sentiment speaks to the nature of architectonics and space, which, perhaps, is only made present by the joining of constituencies. The formal motif can also be extended to other parts of the site, with curving tables and benches accommodating guests and other couples. We also loved the architect’s adorable send off: “Give KISS a chance!”

ICRAVE‘s Pop Up Chapel is an effervescent cascade of hanging ribbons which sets a colorful backdrop to the day’s happy proceedings. The chapel’s form is a metal frame covered with white ribbon, whose ceiling is a lightweight wire mesh to which vibrant, multicolored ribbons are fastened. The ribbons vary in length and are patterned to create a parabola-shaped interior gathering space, under which will the nuptials will take place. When the day has passed, the ribbons will be handed out to the married couples as keepsakes. All we can say is, “Yay!”

More at Architizer


City Room wrote about the chapels and event:

According to the rules of the contest, designs must be installed in no more than two hours, and have a footprint no larger than 8 feet by 8 feet. A jury of architects and wedding planners will select two winning submissions, whose designers will receive $3,000 for construction and installation.

The 24 gay couples — 24, for June 24, the date the law was passed — were chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis, and the parks department has agreed to allow the chapels at the Merchants’ Gate plaza, near West 59th Street.


  1. Greg says

    That’s probably the tackiest thing I have ever seen in my life. Both of them are ugly as sin.

    Is this what it’s come down to, now? Not even two days into it, and we’re fully into the cheesy cash-in phase?

  2. justme says

    Weddings are almost by definition tacky and they also fuel an entire matrimonial industry. Nothing new there.

    Except that the gays get to be a part of it now, which is wonderful.

  3. Greg says

    Just because it’s part of the mainstream “matrimonial industry” doesn’t mean I have to like it, which I don’t. To each his own, I guess.

    One of the byproducts of gaining the right to marry is the prevalent thought that simply accessing and swimming in the mainstream garbage pit is supposed to be some sort of “achievement”. Marriage is one thing, tacky wedding gazebos that look like high-school drama stage setups are another. No thanks.

  4. Matt Deveaux says

    If you don’t believe in gay marriage, don’t get one.

    If you don’t believe in getting married in a “tacky” gazebo, then don’t get married in one.

  5. Ronny says

    I think this was a great creative challenge, given the time frame, and limitations on space and set-up time. I’d love to see any of the designs you all would offer instead.

  6. justme says

    There is no “mainstream” matrimonial industry, just the one for everybody. It’s not like there’s an “alternative” matrimonial industry, after all. But nobody’s forced to give them their business.

    You want to get married but not in a gazebo you don’t like, then don’t do it. You don’t want to get married at all, don’t do it. If this isn’t tacky enough for you, have fun finding something even worse.

    Personaly, I have seen a lot worse wedding set-ups than these. It doesn’t matter to me if anybody wants to get married in a rainbow ribbon gazebo. It’s not my thing, either, but to each his own, indeed.