“Liquid Sky” to Light-Up MoMA/PS1 Courtyard
The Los Angeles-based firm Ball-Nogues, led by Benjamin Bell and Gaston Nogues, is the 2007 Winner of the Young Architects Program, a design competition now in its eighth year sponsored jointly by MoMA and P.S. 1. The winning entry was designed in collaboration with Endres Ware Architects/Engineers and the Product Architecture Lab at Stevens Institute.
The competition, which invites architects to propose a installation for the courtyard of PS 1, has become a right of passage for emerging architects, serving as it has as both testing ground and launching pad for the careers of many well known architects. Past winners include ShoP, Lindy Roy, William Massie, Tom Wiscombe, nARCHITECTS, Xefirotarch and Obra.
Ball Nogues entry, dubbed “Liquid Sky”, features a canopy constructed of translucent Mylar petal that resembles blossoming flowers of stained glass. The canopy is supported by six towers constructed of untreated utility posts that also double as supports for enormous brightly colored community hammocks. As with every entry, Ball-Nogues have provided a water element. Dubbed “Droopscape”, it is comprised of a catenary belly that shifts in the wind and is supported by drench towers that will periodically soak visitors below with their gravity-induced tip-buckets.
Liquid Sky, which will serves as the venue for MoMA/PS1’s Warm Up, a popular summer music series, will open on 21 June.