Last week, MoMA PS1 announced the winning design for this year’s Young Architects Program (YAP), which will be featured this summer in the Long Island City museum’s outdoor courtyard. The top spot went to Andrés Jaque of the Office for Political Innovation for COSMO, a moveable environmental artifact made out of customized irrigation components. And while this interactive water purification sculpture is highly deserving, the runners-up shouldn’t be ignored.
Among the short list of finalists was Phenomena by Benjamin Dillenburger and Michael Hansmeyer of Studio Benjamin Dillenburger, which “addressed the idea of phenomenology in design, creating an experiential space that stimulates all the senses and hosts multiple programs.” It combines a performance space, a highly articulated projection screen, and an ornate fountain, challenging how people experience live events by making the viewer part of the production.
All of the proposed temporary outdoor installations–which set the stage for the MoMA PS1 Warm Up summer music series–must provide shade, seating, and a water feature and follow guidelines that address environmental issues, including sustainability and recycling.
One of the most interesting elements of Phenomena is how it transforms into two experiences based on the time of day. During the daytime, its reactive, geometric surface projects sound, reflects light, casts shadows, and sprays water and mist. At night, the massive projection screen comes alive as a canvas for video-projection artists’ work. According to the firm, “Up-close, Phenomena stimulates visitors with its complex curvatures and extreme resolution: millions of differentiated facets unfold in space, creating an architecture of a thousand unique perspectives.”
Phenomena was one of five finalists in this year’s competition. In addition to winner Andrés Jaque of the Office for Political Innovation, the others are brillhart architecture (Jacob Brillhart), Erin Besler, and Bittertang Farm (Michael Loverich). All five of the proposed projects will be exhibited over the summer at MoMA, and the winning design will take shape in late June.
Images via Studio Benjamin Dillenburger
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