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BIG’s Bubbly Cloudscape for PS1 Can Be Recycled as Messenger Bags

Posted By Yuka Yoneda On February 10, 2010 @ 10:00 am In Green Materials,New York City,Recycled Materials,Sustainable Design Organizations | 3 Comments

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New York [1]‘s P.S.1 [2] gallery is gearing up for it’s annual Warm Up music festival with a competition to select the outdoor pavilion design [3] that will be the icing on a cake filled with art, tunes and great company. While they did not win this year, BIG Architects [4] definitely brought their A-game. They envisioned the modern museum’s courtyard as a bubbly cloudscape made of recycled PVC that could even be re-recycled into limited edition messenger bags to commemorate the event! While we’re sad that they didn’t win, we love their ideas – read on to see how they planned to turn this lofty summer paradise [5] into a sustainable reality.


“Building something in order to tear it down three months later seems like the epitome of excess and wastefulness,” says BIG [6] in their proposal. Unsatisfied with the typical model of temporary exhibitions, they came up with a structure that “creates maximum impact with a minimum of means, where human life unfolds to the fullest with minimum material expense.” Their cloudscape consists of 99.9% air formed by modular balls that congregate to make areas for sitting, playing, mingling and even swimming! The fabric used to make the cloudscape would be translucent recycled [7] PVC, recovered from recycled truck bed covers and bags.

While the cloud theme would stay consistent throughout the space, it would be divided into three distinct areas – a bubbly dune in the main courtyard, including an air mattress and a paddling pool surrounded by bouncy seating; a 3D cumulus landscape with a covered chill out area of air mattresses and beanbags as well as a shaded bar for staff and guests; and a cluster of free floating cirrus clouds above the dance floor.

+ BIG [4]

+ P.S. 1 [2]


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URLs in this post:

[1] New York: http://www.inhabitat.com/nyc

[2] P.S.1: http://www.ps1.org/

[3] outdoor pavilion design: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/06/12/young-architects-program-ps1/

[4] BIG Architects: http://www.big.dk

[5] summer paradise: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/02/afterparty-by-mos-architects-for-ps1/

[6] BIG: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/08/27/big-unveil-massive-mobius-strip-library-for-kazakhstan/

[7] recycled: http://www.inhabitat.com/recycled-materials/

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