And the winner is...Escobedo Soliz Studio! The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 just announced the Mexico City-based architect as the 2016 winner of their annual Young Architects Program (YAP) design competition that highlights emerging architectural talent by soliciting innovative and sustainable design proposals for an outdoor installation at PS1's courtyard in Long Island City. Called Weaving the Courtyard, ESS's winning pavilion is an urban landscape installation that creates a colorful canopy over the concrete courtyard, infusing the outdoor space with vibrancy during the museum's summer concert series.
Every year, the YAP program, which is in its 17th edition, chooses an emerging design talent to showcase a unique installation for the museum’s courtyard during its annual Warm Up summer music series. Along with looking for unique and innovative ideas that provide shade, seating and water, all entries must abide by the environmental guidelines of the program, including sustainability and recycling.
Escobedo Soliz Studio’s winning Weaving the Courtyard installation will provide comfortable shade and seating as well as a water source. Described as “neither an object nor a sculpture standing in the courtyard, but a series of simple, powerful actions that generate new and different atmospheres” by the architects, the design consists of a woven “cloud” of multi-colored ropes of varying density that will contrast nicely with the courtyard’s harsh concrete landscape. A reflective wading pool will also be installed at the back of the courtyard to offer another way to beat New York’s summer heat. During the installation process, all of the materials will be unaltered so they can be re-used at the end of the summer.
Weaving the Courtyard will open in June.
Images via Escobedo Soliz Studio