Product-Architecture Lab collaborates to win Museum of Modern Art/P.S. 1 Competition
April 3, 2007
HOBOKEN, N.J. ― The Museum of Modern Art and the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center announced that the Los Angeles-based firm Ball-Nogues, led by Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues, in collaboration with The Product-Architecture Lab at Stevens Institute of Technology, are the winners in the eighth annual MoMA/P.S.1 Young Architects Program.
The competition invites emerging architects to propose an installation for the courtyard of P.S.1 in Long Island City , Queens . The objective of the Young Architects Program is to identify and provide an outlet for emerging young talent in architecture, an ongoing mission of both MoMA and P.S.1. This year, five finalists selected by a closed nomination process were asked to present designs for an installation at P.S.1 with the allotted project budget of $70,000.
The winning installation, Liquid Sky, designed by Ball-Nogues in collaboration with Paul Endres of Endres Ware Architects/Engineers and Mark Pollock, Cory Brugger, and Erik Verboon of the Product Architecture Lab at Stevens Institute of Technology, will be on view in the P.S.1 courtyard beginning June 21, 2007
“Needless to say, we are proud and excited for these three young men and look forward to the work needed to get the installation ready for June,” said Professor John Nastasi, who directs the Product-Architecture Lab at Stevens.
“We're very excited about winning P.S. 1,” said Benjamin Ball. “Gaston and I are thrilled to be working with Mark, Erik and Cory on the project. We could not have built the confidence to tackle a project like this without their help, especially the parametric modeling aspect of the project, which would be unfeasible without their automation of the process. Having had some experience with recent architecture/design school grads, I can say that you have put them on the right track in The Product-Architecture Lab at Stevens. They are miles ahead of their competition from other schools.”
Liquid Sky will immerse the viewer in kaleidoscopic patterns of color created by sunlight filtering through an array of translucent, tinted Mylar petals that resemble blossoming flowers of stained glass. Together, the petals form a tensioned surface that reconfigures the horizon, cresting above the walls of the P.S.1 courtyard. Six towers constructed from untreated utility poles support the surface while providing discrete spaces at their base for relaxing on enormous community hammocks made of brightly colored netting.
For the adjacent outdoor gallery, the team has designed the Droopscape, a slack catenary belly that shifts and flows in the wind, supported by drench towers that periodically soak visitors below with their gravity-induced tip buckets. As in past years, the project will serve as the venue for Warm Up, the popular music series held annually in P.S.1’s courtyard.
In addition to Ball-Nogues, the five finalists are Gage/Clemenceau Architects ( New York ), IwamotoScott ( San Francisco ), Mos ( Brooklyn ), and Ruy Klein ( New York ). The designs will be presented in an exhibition in MoMA’s Louise Reinhardt Smith Gallery, from June 27 to September 8.
“Ball-Nogues’s exuberant project, Liquid Sky, combines the zest of a joyful event space with rigorous research into new materials and digital fabrication,” said Barry Bergdoll, Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art. “Low-tech assembly is joined with experiment in the latest cutting and fabrication techniques gleaned from the sailing industry. They posit a project whose research will hold resonance and application long after this summer's Warm Up series. Liquid Sky is a rich palette of atmospheric effects and brilliant color with an undertone of the ephemeral circus spectacle.”
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