The Flint Public Art Project and the Flint Chapter of the American Institute of Architects has announced that Two Islands, a team of architects and designers based in London, has won the $25,000 grand prize in the inaugural Flat Lot Competition.

Two Islands will design and build a temporary summer pavilion on Flint's central downtown parking lot. The project will open on June 14th for Flint Art Walk and will remain open until the 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.