Lumen – 2017 MoMA PS1’s YAP winner
A project by Jenny Sabin Studio Jenny E. Sabin, Lumen has been named the winner of The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s annual Young Architects Program. Opening on June 29 in the MoMA PS1 courtyard, this year’s construction is an immersive design that evolves over the course of a day, providing a cooling respite from the midday sun and a responsive glowing light after sundown.
Now in its 18th edition, the Young Architects Program at The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 has offered emerging architectural talent the opportunity to design and present innovative projects, challenging each year’s winners to develop creative designs for a temporary, outdoor installation that provides shade, seating, and water. The architects must also work within guidelines that address environmental issues, including sustainability and recycling.
“By night, Lumen is knitted light, bathing visitors in a responsive glow of photo-luminescence; by day, Lumen offers succor from the summer heat, immersing participants in delicious ground clouds of cooling mist. Lumen is a socially and environmentally responsive structure that adapts to the densities of bodies, heat, and sunlight. A lightweight knitted fabric of responsive tubular structures and a canopy of cellular components employs recycled textiles, photo-luminescent and solar active yarns that absorb, collect, and deliver light. This environment offers spaces of respite, exchange, and engagement as a misting system responds to visitors’ proximity, activating fabric stalactites that produce a refreshing micro-climate. Families of robotically woven recycled spool chairs reveal informal messages and conversations through hydro-chromic materials. It is an open responsive system featuring digitally knitted and robotically woven lightweight, high-performing, formfitting, and adaptive materials. Lumen is a feminine form that offers luminous interiorities, informal networks, social fabrics, and fibrous assemblages that are pliable, transformative, and playful.” – Jenny Sabin Studio
Made of responsive tubular structures in a lightweight knitted fabric, Lumen features a canopy of recycled, photo-luminescent, and solar active textiles that absorb, collect, and deliver light. A misting system responds to visitors’ proximity, activating fabric stalactites that produce a refreshing micro-climate. Socially and environmentally responsive, Lumen’s multisensory environment is inspired by collective levity, play, and interaction as the structure and materials transform throughout the day and night, adapting to the densities of bodies, heat, and sunlight.
Lumen, an immersive, interactive installation by Jenny Sabin Studio, will be on view in MoMA PS1’s courtyard during summer 2017. Winner of The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s annual Young Architects Program, this year’s structure evolves over the course of the day, with responsive textiles that display subtle color in sunlight and emit glowing light after sundown.
Made of over 1 million yards of digitally knitted fiber, Lumen’s large-scale cellular canopies feature 250 hanging tubular structures, 100 robotically woven recycled spool stools, and a misting system that responds to visitors’ proximity.
Socially and environmentally responsive, Lumen’s adaptive architecture is inspired by collective levity, play, and interaction as the structure transforms throughout the day and night, responding to the density of bodies, heat, and sunlight.
The result of collaboration across disciplines, Lumen applies insights and theories from biology, materials science, mathematics, and engineering—integrating high-performing, formfitting, and adaptive materials into a structure where code, pattern, human interaction, environment, geometry, and matter operate together. Lumen serves as the setting for the 20th season of Warm Up, MoMA PS1’s pioneering outdoor music series.
Project name: Lumen
Location: MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, New York 11101, United States
Coordinates: 40.745485, -73.947314
Type: Installation, Pavilion
Project area: approximately 1876.18 sqm
Status: Built, Completed, Ongoing
Event/Exhibition Period: June 29 to September 4, 2017
Opening Date: June 29, 2017
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Client / Owner / Developer: MoMA PS1
Architects & Artist:
- Jenny Sabin Studio – 921 Taughannock Blvd Unit B, Ithaca, New York 14850, United States
R&D + Digital Fabrication: Sabin Design Lab, Cornell University
Principal and Lead Architectural Designer: Jenny E. Sabin
- 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
Project lead and manager: Dillon Pranger
- Engineering Design: Clayton Binkley & Kristen Strobel, Arup
- Fabricators and Installers: Tom Carruthers, Bo Jacobsson, Erik Grinde, Spencer Whynaucht, Todd Fitcher, Ryan Fitcher, Shannon McElree, Mateo Baca, Jacobsson Carruthers, LLC
- Knit Fabrication: Tom Shintaku, Shima Seiki WHOLEGARMENT
- Lighting Design: Juan Pablo Lira and Hilary Manners, Focus Lighting
- Sewing & Finishing: Wade Wesson & Christine Garcia, Dazian
- Misting Systems: Sabin Design Lab & Mist Cooling Inc.
- Installation Volunteers: Mike Babcock, Luke Erickson, Chia-Yi Hou, Rachel Kaplan, Wenli Li, Mark Lien, Irisa Llana, Lauren Lochry, Elisa Medina, Chris Morse, Sophie Nichols, Yueer Niu, Chelsea Smith, Mat Sokol, Andrew Sullivan, Yifeng Wang, Stella Xu, Youngjin Yi
- Sewing and Finishing: Dazian
- Rope Fabrication: Diamond Nets
- Floor Installation: Art Domantay Artworks
Text Description: © Courtesy of Jenny Sabin Studio, MoMA PS1
Images: © Jenny Sabin Studio, Pablo Enriquez