Marking its second year, architecture firms from across the New York area battled it out in the kitchen for Wimberly Interiors and WATG‘s Great Architectural Bake-off at the Center of Architecture, where they showcased their endless creativity, talent, baking skills, and perseverance in the final moments of the competition.
Ten designs firms including Dattner Architects, Davis Brody Bond, ZGF Architects, H3 Architects, Woods Bagot, Grade New York, Bespoke Careers, MADE, Hollwich Kushner, and sponsor Wimberly Interiors put on their aprons and hit the ovens and countertops (many mastered fondant as well) to craft architectural masterpieces in cake form.
Along with decadent designs including the Pennovation Center in Philadelphia (originally designed by Hollwich Kushner and KSS Architects), the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing (from Herzog & de Mueron), and New York’s Guggenheim Museum (from Frank Lloyd Wright), a few sweet confections stood out.
It was the reproduction of David Adjaye’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC from Davis Brody Bond that took the top honors. Detailed chocolate lattice formed the sides of the three-tier structure, while smaller versions were served to taste.
H3 Hardy Collaboration mixed the sweet with savory for their guilty-pleasure recreation of architect Stanley Clark Meston’s iconic McDonald’s from the 1950s, complete with Golden Arches and a car-filled parking lot. For guests, there were mini cake hamburgers to indulge the taste buds.
Staying closer to home, Dattner Architects struck the perfect angle while creating the Unisphere in Queens from the New York World Fair, the creation of landscape architect Gilmore D. Clarke for the 1964-1965 event. Silver icing formed the rings and countries were delicately placed on the globe—a map was brought out to ensure accuracy—while clear rock candy formed the surrounding fountains, the perfect unexpected element. For fun they designed a second cake: A basic white dome with an astronaut on top, referencing man’s first walk on the moon.