The Cupcake Pavilion was a self initiated fundraising event, benefiting the Auckland Children’s Hospital, that was held during Architecture Week 2009 by the design collective OH.NO.SUMO., of which I am a founding member.
The project raised over $3,000.00 for the Children’s Hospital in just under 90 minutes. 1000 hand made artisan cupcakes were sold to members of the public from the Pavilion, which was located on the forecourt of the Auckland Central Britomart Railway Station. The proceeds from the event went directly to the hospital, which used the funds to purchase special incubator blankets that allow premature babies to be held by their mothers, rather than being separated by a plastic screen; a preferred situation both emotionally and medically.
The Auckland Children’s Hospital, known as Starship, is consistently in need of funding and relies heavily on donations from the community to continue its vital work. During the global financial crisis donations such as these become increasingly difficult to come by. As such, we chose to work towards a fundraising event at the Auckland Architecture Week that would not only engage the public in design, but would also benefit Starship. Thus using architecture as a mechanism to create a positive change in the community.Cupcakes displayed in the structure of the pavilion