The Young Architects Program of this branch of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is being held for the eighth time this year. Every summer, since 2000, a small pavilion has been erected in the courtyard of the industrial building converted into an art gallery for the Warm-Up music festival. It also plays the role of a "city beach", a summer recreational area.
But this year, the winners of the next competition for the project of this temporary structure, by their very work, questioned the idea of the organizers of the action. Instead of a sleek building that explores the latest in digital architecture, Queens will have a small market garden this year.
WORKac architects plan to build a canopy there, resembling a wide V in section, which will be made up of reinforced cardboard pipes with vegetables and herbs planted in them. Their size will be more than a meter in diameter, and the cylinders filled with soil will alternate with hollow ones. So the authors of the project want to show the need for a transition from an industrial to a post-industrial society, from a global to a specific approach, from a free market to a rural one, and from a sandy beach to hay.
But while the new pavilion is also a pilot project for a green urban farm, the likes of which may appear in every block of New York, it continues to be a space for recreation and entertainment, which is laid down in the entire PS1 summer program. There will be a swimming pool in the center of the canopy, and a playground next to it. Some pipes will support the benches, others will support the swing. One of the cylinders will be made of fabric, in which it will be possible to take a break from the bustle reigning around. In another, it will be possible to recharge a cell phone using solar energy - quite in the spirit of the general "green" attitude of the project. Sounds of nature will be played in two pipes: a night forest and … a farm.
A separate block will be installed several spiral upward cylinders, crowned with the PS1 flag - this is a tribute to the architects WORKac Vladimir Tatlin and his Tower III International.