Canopy by nARCHITECTS
June 24, 2004—September 5, 2004
The Museum of Modern Art and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center announced today that nARCHITECTS, led by Eric Bunge and Mimi Hoang, has been selected as the winner of the fifth annual MoMA/P.S.1 Young Architects Program, a competition that invites emerging architects to propose a building project 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. The contestants were instructed to make the best use of P.S.1’s outdoor courtyard, remaining within the allotted project budget of $60,000. nARCHITECTS will realize Canopy, a new vision for the “urban beach” project. The project, constructed primarily of freshly cut green bamboo, features spaces for lounging and relaxation including a wading pool and a sandy area for sunbathers. 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. Canopy will be on view through September 5.
Terence Riley, Philip Johnson Chief Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, comments, “Both extravagant in form and light in its conception, nARCHITECTS' design demonstrates the maximal effect of well considered gestures.”
“nARCHITECTS' extraordinary bamboo wonderland will shelter the thousands of people who regularly gather at P.S.1 throughout the summer for Warm Up,” states P.S.1 Executive Director Alanna Heiss.
nARCHITECTS will cover P.S.1’s courtyard with a canopy of freshly cut green bamboo, which will change color from green to tan by the end of the summer. Pinches in the bamboo lattice will produce a range of shadow densities and patterns across the courtyard and throughout the day. Dips in the canopy will define rooms open to the sky, each with a distinct climatic environment for different modes of lounging: Pool Pad, the largest outdoor room, incorporates a wading pool; Fog Pad consists of fog nozzles that will spread a cool halo of mist; Rainforest features a sound environment and water misters that will provide intermittent rain showers; and Sand Hump’s half open ellipse orients itself to maximize exposure to sun and shade.
To choose an architect for this project, experts in the field of architecture, including architects, curators, academics, and magazine editors, nominated 25 candidates from a pool of both recent graduates and established architects experimenting with new styles or techniques. Five finalists presented proposals to a panel comprised of Glenn D. Lowry, Director, The Museum of Modern Art; Alanna Heiss, Director, P.S.1; Terence Riley, Philip Johnson Chief Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art; Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator, P.S.1; Antoine Guerrero, Director of Exhibitions, P.S.1; and Jimena Blazquez, Curator, P.S.1.
In addition to nARCHITECTS (New York), the finalists selected by the panel were Griffin Enright Architects (Los Angeles), Michael Meredith (Toronto), SERVO (New York, Los Angeles, Stockholm, Zurich), and DegreZero Architecture (Brooklyn, Paris).
This will be the sixth summer that P.S.1 has hosted a combined architectural installation and music series in its outdoor galleries. The inaugural project was an architectural installation in 1998 by an Austrian collective, Gelatin. In 1999, Philip Johnson’s DJ Pavilion celebrated the historic partnership of P.S.1 and MoMA. The previous winners of the Young Architects Program are SHoP/Sharples Holden Pasquarelli (2000), ROY (2001), William E. Massie (2002), and Tom Wiscombe / EMERGENT (2003).
nARCHITECTS is a New York office formed in 1999 by Eric Bunge and Mimi Hoang. They were awarded the Architectural League of New York’s Young Architects Forum Prize in 2001 and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in 2002. nARCHITECTS was one of thirty firms chosen to exhibit their work at the 4th International Architecture Exhibition at ArchiLab 2002 in Orléans, France, and also exhibited at the Urban Center in New York, the Danish Center for Architecture, and in the “New Hotels for Global Nomads” show at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York. They are currently working on the design of the exhibition Earth From Above at the American Museum of Natural History, various residential projects and international competitions.
Mimi Hoang, who teaches graduate design studios at Yale University, received a Bachelors of Science in Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters of Architecture from the Harvard Design School.
Eric Bunge, AIA, received a Bachelor of Architecture from McGill University and a Masters of Architecture from the Harvard Design School. Bunge teaches graduate and undergraduate design studios at Parsons School of Design and Columbia & Barnard Colleges, and is a contributing editor at Cabinet Magazine.