Immersive MoMA/PS1 Installation

Matt Shaw | The Architect's Newspaper

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This year marks a new direction for the MoMA/PS1 Young Architects Program (YAP), and it shows in Jenny Sabin Studio’s Lumen, the series’ 18th annual installation. After a few years focused on creating awareness of ecological and sustainability issues, the program has taken a slightly different course, as the brief has expanded to include a more rigorous engagement with the popular Warm Up summer music series, now in its 20th season of sweaty, raucous parties in the museum’s courtyard.

Set to open on June 29, the project features a woven canopy that will subtly change color in the daytime, and will glow in the dark and be illuminated at night. The large fabric shade system will address several of the programmatic issues of YAP that have fallen by the wayside in years past, including an integrated lighting system to accompany the musical acts, a misting system to cool visitors, and over 100 seats scattered across the courtyard. These features follow the ethos of YAP much more closely, which, according to its mission statement, is to provide “shade, seating, and water,” in addition to meeting its sustainability goals. To address these newly reinvigorated concerns, the designer set out to create an immersive environment, not an object.

Lumen by Jenny Sabin Studio for The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program 2017, on view at MoMA PS1 from June 29 to September 4, 2017. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo by Pablo Enriquez.
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A project by Jenny Sabin Studio
Jenny E. Sabin, Principal and Lead Architectural Designer.
R&D + Digital Fabrication Sabin Design Lab, Cornell University.
Design Team: Jenny E. Sabin, principal and lead architectural designer.
Dillon Pranger, project lead and manager Jordan Berta (content coordination), Diego Garcia Blanco, Elie Boutros, Daniel Villegas Cruz, Omar Dairi, Alejandro Garcia, Andres Gutierrez, Jingyang Liu Leo (senior research associate), Mark Lien, Jasmine Liu, Andrew Moorman, Christopher Morse, Bennett Norman, Marwan Omar, Sasson Rafailov, Steve Ren, David Rosenwasser, Danny Salamoun (production lead), Aishwarya Sreenivas, Raksarat Vorasucha.
Video: Cole Skaggs.
Photography: Yuriy Chernets.
Engineering design Clayton Binkley & Kristen Strobel, Arup.
Fabricators and installers Tom Carruthers, Bo Jacobsson, Erik Grinde, Mateo Baca, Jacobsson Carruthers, LLC.
Knit fabrication: Tom Shintaku, Shima Seiki WHOLEGARMENT.
Lighting design: Juan Pablo Lira and Hilary Manners, Focus Lighting.
Sewing and finishing: Wade Wesson & Christine Garcia, Dazian.
Misting systems: Sabin Design Lab & Mist Cooling Inc.
The other finalists for this year’s MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program were Bureau Spectacular (Jimenez Lai and Joanna Grant), Ania Jaworska, Office of III (Sean Canty, Ryan Golenberg, and Stephanie Lin), and SCHAUM/SHIEH (Rosalyne Shieh and Troy Schaum). An exhibition of the five finalists’ proposed projects will be on view at The Museum of Modern Art over the summer, organized by Sean Anderson, associate curator, with Arièle Dionne-Krosnick, curatorial assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art.