Escobedo Solíz Studio wins MoMA’s Young Architects Program 2016

Escobedo Solíz Studio wins MoMA’s Young Architects Program 2016

Each summer, MoMA PS1 transforms its courtyard into the site of an architectural installation, designed by the winner of its annual design competition, the Young Architects Program. This year, that prize goes to Escobedo Solíz Studio, a Mexico City-based architecture firm run by Lazbent Pavel Escobedo and Andres Solíz.

Their winning design, ‘Weaving the Courtyard’, will provide partial shade over the outdoor space by threading a series of different coloured ropes through perforations in the concrete left over from the original formworks. The web, suspended overhead, will vary in densities, creating different zones of greater and lesser shading. A reflecting pool will provide an additional cooling element.

The competition runners up included First Office, COBALT OFFICE, Frida Escobedo and Ultramoderne, the firm that designed the winning beachfront kiosk for last year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Throughout the summer, the museum holds Warm Up, a weekly music event that uses the pavilion as the setting for performance and dancing. This year’s selection committee reflects a change in the leadership of the museum’s department of architecture and design, as Martino Stierli, the Philip Johnson chief curator and Sean Anderson, the department’s new associate curator, participated in the process.

Before work begins on pavilion construction, the museum is home to yet another recurring event: ‘Greater New York,’ a once-every-five-year exhibition that presents the work of emerging artists based in New York, on view until 7 March.

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