It’s been four months since we announced the winner of P.S.1/MoMA’s Young Architects Program. Now that summer is officially upon us, the museum has opened up its courtyard and unveiled Interboro Partner’s winning design, “Holding Pattern,” which will play host to the annual Warm Up party series. One of the first things you notice when you enter the space, aside from the fact that it seems to be undergoing some last minute construction, are the bright yellow tags on nearly every item in the courtyard (pictured below). They read “Hold For” and are stuck to the chairs, benches, planters, trees, chess boards and ping pong tables. The tags are marked with the names of local businesses and organizations who will receive the tagged item after Warm Up closes in September. When Interboro Partners was conducting their initial research they went out into the neighborhood and asked people, “Is there something you need that we could design and use in the courtyard and then donate in the Fall?” The community seems to have answered eclectically. In addition to seating, there’s a sandbox, foosball table, lifeguard chair and even a self-misting modular stage for breakdancing performances.
Just when the winter blues really starts to get me down, MoMA/P.S.1 announces the winner of the Young Architects Program and summer doesn’t seem quite as far away. That’s because the grand prize is the chance to design P.S.1′s outdoor courtyard, used all summer long for their jam-packed Warm Up parties in Long Island City, Queens. This year’s winner is the Brooklyn-based urban design and planning firm, Interboro Partners, who take a decidedly minimalist approach in all their work. Many past winners have wowed the judges with elaborate conceptual pieces or striking visuals, but Interboro snagged the top prize with a simple overhead canopy made of tautly pulled rope that reaches from one end of the courtyard to the other.
The real thing
Remember back in January when P.S.1 MoMA announced the Brooklyn-based husband and wife duo SO-IL winner of this year’s Young Architects Program? If you got excited about the renderings for their winning design, the cheekily titled Pole Dance, get even more excited now that the actual space is up and ready for you to play in all summer long. As a refresher: Pole Dance is made of 100 free-moving poles, centrally anchored in a shallow pool and held together by a net that’s only ‘taut enough.’ The interactive structure encourages visitors to engage with the poles, to yank them around and tug on the net that holds up lots of big, bright rubber balls, creating and playing a kind of ‘rule-less’ game.