Flat Lot Competition Winner: Mark’s House by Two Islands

Mar. 21, 2013

Downtown Flint, MI

Flint Public Art Project and the Flint Chapter of the American Institute of Architects announce that Two Islands, a team of architects and designers based in London, won the $25,000 grand prize in the inaugural Flat Lot competition to design and build a temporary summer pavilion on Flint’s central downtown parking lot.

An exhibit of the top projects reviewed by the jury opens Friday, June 14 during Flint Art Walk at the First Street Lofts from 6 – 9pm. The temporary pavilion will open Friday, July 12 and will remain on the site until Fall.


The winning proposal, Mark’s House, tells the story of an imagined Flint resident, Mark Hamilton, whose family loses a home to foreclosure. The project perches a Tudor-style house clad in reflective panels on top of a mirrored pedestal, giving the structure the appearance of floating in mid-air. The house serves as a metaphor for both what the city has lost, as well as its ongoing revitalization, while also providing a canopy and stage for Flat Lot events. In addition, the structure can hold up to 1,500 gallons of water, which can be released as a cooling spray during hot summer days.


Flint Public Art Project and AIA-Flint launched the competition last fall. The competition brief called for a temporary structure that would take up no more than eight parking spaces, and would support public programs by providing amenities such as seating, shade, cooling devices, and a stage for performances. Nearly 400 teams from more than 35 countries around the world registered for the competition, and 221 entries ultimately were submitted by the March 1 deadline.


Two Islands is a London based design studio, founded by William Villalobos, Cesc Massanas and Tomas Selva.

Three other projects received honorable mention:

Stage a Lot, by KSE Studio (Sofia Krimizi and Kyriakos Kyriakou) of Brooklyn, NY

Building Bodies for Work by Wes Janz, Tim Gray, and Andrea Swartz of Ball State University

AC.H2O, by Michael Ting of University of Calgary

These projects and 17 others will be exhibited along with Mark’s House at an exhibit to open on April 14 during the Flint Art Walk.

The Flat Lot Competition panel was chaired by Reed Kroloff, director,
Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Other panel members included:

Pedro Gadanho, curator of contemporary architecture, MOMA
John Gazall, Flint-based architect, board member, Downtown Development Authority, and member of AIA-Flint
John Henry, director, Flint Institute of Arts
Monica Ponce de Leon, dean, University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture
Shannon Easter White, Flint-based architect and member of AIA-Flint
Stephen Zacks, executive director, Flint Public Art Project.

Flat Lot Semifinalists and Finalists

View images of the entries.


Mark’s House


Stage a Lot – Honorable Mention
AC.H2O – Honorable Mention
Building Bodies for Work – Honorable Mention
Light Park
Knot Lot


Elevated Carriage
Murphy Monsters
OBLAKA Pavilion
Flat Lot Fanfare
Flint Convertible
Tensile Cloud
The Big Top
The Lawn – Taking Back the Flat Lot
The Noodle