Structure 2016

FIGMENT TreeHouse retires: meet FELIX, the new summer-long structure!

In 2011, Benjamin Jones built his FIGMENT treehouse around a spectacular oak tree on Governors Island. Over the course of 5 years and with overwhelming success, people from all around New York escaped from the city to play, relax and interact with FIGMENT's TreeHouse, and Benjamin retired it at the end of the 2015 season. 

Photo (c) 2016 Kim Breland

This summer, a group of architecture students introduced FELIX, our new summer-long structure!

Taking inspiration from the nature, the designers have constructed a flexible modular system based upon standard wood members which are eco-friendly, reusable and mass-produced. Participants can relax in the mesh pockets surrounding the tree, and explore the variety of interior spaces that will showcase art from local artists. FELIX offers new perspectives and spatial opportunities for people to engage with art, the tree, governors island, and New York City.

FELIX is free for the public to enjoy throughout the summer, 7 days a week when Gorvernors Island is open.

To help us maintain FELIX this summer, please make a donation to FIGMENT today.


Photo (c) 2016 Kim Breland

Meet the Team:

A team of 12 architecture graduate students designed and built FELIX on Governors Island under the guidance of practicing architects, Mark Bearak and Jordan Meerdink. 

Team Members: 

  • James Brillon
  • Mengze Chen
  • Arianna Deane
  • Mira De Avila-Shin
  • Bingyu Guan
  • Benjamin Hochberg
  • Coco Ke Shi
  • Christopher Tomasetti
  • Taiwei Wang
  • Xiaoyu Wang
  • Angela Yang
  • Zhengyang “Echo” Yue 


Photo (c) 2016 Kim Breland

To help us maintain FELIX this summer, please make a donation to FIGMENT today.

We look forward to seeing you on the island!