The Architectural League of New York has chosen IK Studio’s Torqueing Spheres as the winner of their 2015 Folly Design Competition. Each year, the league invites emerging architects to create a public installation in New York, and this year, the panel of judges was especially impressed with IK’s curvaceous sculpture-meets-pavilion. The completed folly will be unveiled at the Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City on May 17, 2015.
Even though they’re located in different states, IK Studio’s Mariana Ibanez, who is based in Cambridge, and Simon Kim, who is in Philadelphia, worked together to create an installation that promotes social interaction. Torqueing Spheres is made up of intertwining forms that weave themselves together in a series of curves and orbs. Sprawling into an open “J” shape, the installation’s arm alternates with half-sphere sitting areas that visitors can sit in or upon as they extend in a straight line. The piece curls into a tight curve where three larger spheres are clustered. Each sphere opens onto the outside, providing a semi-sheltered sitting area for visitors to enjoy. The structure will be made of affordable and recyclable bent plywood, which will be featured in both white and natural finishes.
Torqueing Spheres was selected from 126 submissions from emerging architects around the world by a panel of architectural professionals and Socrates Sculpture Park Executive Director John Hatfield. The pavilion will remain on display for visitors to enjoy throughout the 2015 season at the park, acting as a central meeting spot, focal point for events, and temporary shelter.