MoMA PS1‘s courtyard is now home to a giant water-purifying pavilion, which took home the grand prize for this year’s 2015 Young Architects Program Competition. Conceptualized by architect Andrés Jaque and his team at the Office for Political Innovation, COSMO is a bio-chemical tower engineered to raise awareness of global water poverty and serve as an easily replicated model for providing access to drinking water around the world.
COSMO was engineered to purify 3,000 gallons of water every four days by filtering it through particles and nitrates, balancing its PH, and increasing levels of dissolved oxygen. Designed in collaboration with BAC Engineering and Consultancy, the self-sustaining ecosystem is equipped with customized irrigation components. After filtration, the same water will be recycled and will become even more purified over the course of each cycle. At the end of each water purification cycle, the elasticized plastic mesh at the center of the ecosystem will automatically glow with a brilliant light.
The giant, mobile structure of mesh and water piping will literally be able to move in “whatever direction the party happens to take it,” according to MoMA PS1. The much-anticipated design will also serve as a seating, shading and cooling structure above the stone courtyard at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, which will once again host the museum’s Warm-Up summer music series. Andrés Jaque is hoping that the visually tantalizing yet functional structure will begin a dialogue around a growing lack of clean water, which the United Nations estimates will effect more than two-thirds of the world’s population by 2025.