Pole Dance, the winning project in this year’s popular Young Architects Program
competition at MoMA PS1, is literally a playground for the senses. Pro bono consulting by engineering firm Buro Happold North America, known for its work with fabric architecture and a pioneer in sustainability, helped to turn the winning entry into a flexible sculpture that can stand up to crowds of enthusiastic New Yorkers who flock to the exhibition every summer.
Designed by Solid Objectives-Idenburg Liu (SO-IL), a Brooklyn-based architecture firm, the sculpture is installed in the museum’s courtyard until August 23. It is a system that is constantly in flux. The project consists of 100 30 ft tall fiberglass poles arranged in a 16ft x 16ft grid and connected by bungee cords. The poles are the framework for an open net that holds festive, multicolored balls. Along with details such as hammocks and pulls, the structure has points of playful interaction that allow visitors to watch the ripple effect of small actions across the whole courtyard.
Click here to read a previous WAN piece on Pole Dance.