MoMA PS I unveils winning design for Young Architects Program
Last week MoMA PS 1 unveiled Holding Pattern by Interboro Partner, the winning design of this year’s Young Architects Program. Now in its 12th year, the annual program invites emerging architects to design an installation for the Museums’ courtyard as an accompaniment to its popular summer music festival Warm-Up. As in every year, the project budget is modest; the needs are simple; and the ideas are nothing short of amazing. This year’s winner was a project that went beyond the program’s requirements and indeed the Museum’s borders, extending itself and its goodwill into the community.
‘Holding Pattern’ gives new meaning to the concept of recycling. The project is the result of an ongoing dialogue between MoMA PS1 and its neighbours. Designers Tobias Armborst, Daniel D’Oca, and Georgeen Theodore asked the neighbouring community organisations if there were things they needed that could be incorporated into the courtyard’s design that they could donate at the project’s conclusion. This process resulted in an inventory of 79 eclectic objects and 84 trees including benches, mirrors, ping-pong tables, and floodlights all disposed under a very elegant and taut canopy creating an interactive environment in Momma PS1's courtyard.
The project’s mirrors will be donated to the Long Island City School of Ballet, the lifeguard chair will go to the local boys and girls club; and a collection of benches, pools, chess tables and oak trees will make their way to a local senior citizen center among other organisations. In short, Holding Pattern is a project that will keep on giving well beyond its three month run and is very much in tune with MoMA’s mission to premiate projects focused on social engagement, as evidenced in such recent exhibitions as Small Scale Big Change and Pro Bono.
Holding Pattern opened on Sunday, June 19th and will remain on view through September 19th, 2011.