Solid Objectives-Idenburg Liu wins MoMA/PS1 Young Archtiects Program
The Museum of Modern Art and P.S. 1 have named Solid Objectives- Idenburg Liu (SO-IL) of Brooklyn, New York as the winner of the 2010 Young Architects Program. Now celebrating its eleventh year, the Young Architects Program invites emerging architects to transform the courtyard at P.S. 1 into an inviting environment in preparation for its popular summer music series, Warm-Up. This year’s winning landscape, Pole Dance, promises to keep things interesting at P.S. 1 this summer putting visitors to its music series smack in the middle of a video-game like environment in which they can either choose or decline to participate.
The design features a series of grids made up of interconnected poles and bungee cords that will sway in response to human contact or environmental factors. Each grid will contain a number of playful activators such as hammocks, pulls, misters and rain collecting plants. The entire system will be covered with an open net, above which will be located a series of colourful balls that provide shade and suggest the appearance of a game. Dropping down at two points, the net will provide enclosure for a pool and a sandpit.
Commenting on this year’s winning design, Barry Begrdoll, Chief Curator of the Department of Architecture at MoMA said, “Pole Dance is a brilliant, playful and sincere at once, response to our increasingly virtual world of social media and computer screen games. For a season, with simple materials and elegant engineering, the P.S. 1 courtyard is converted into an occupiable game and social zone with many of the markers of the virtual world realized in elements that partake of the traditional playground or gym”. In addition to providing the requisite elements of shade, water, seating, and bar areas, this year’s design will be made of simple sustainable materials, all of which can be reused or redeployed. "
Pole Dance is set to debut in June. In addition to SO-IL (Brooklyn, New York), this year’s finalists were BIG- Bjarke Ingels Group (Copenhagen, Denmark), Easton + Combs (Brooklyn, New York), FREECELL (Brooklyn, New York), and William O’ Brien Jr. (Cambridge Massachusetts).