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[highlight1]  Wendy at MoMA PS1  [/highlight1]

From the moment HWKN in NYC approached Dazian with the MOMA PS1 summer project, The technical challenge: the skeleton is constructed from scaffolding which is geometrically imperfect. Consulting with the architects from the beginning stages of producing the fabric coverings, They delivered a custom constructed fabric sheath with the ability to allow for tolerance during installation. The final product is an example of meticulous fabrication and sophisticated design that is visible in the skyline from blocks away.

The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 announce HWKN (Matthias Hollwich and Marc Kushner, New York) as the winner of the annual Young Architects Program (YAP) in New York. Now in its 13th edition, the Young Architects Program at MoMA and MoMA PS1 has been committed to offering 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 at MoMA PS1 that provides shade, seating, and water. The architects must also work within guidelines that address environmental issues, including sustainability and recycling. HWKN, drawn from among five finalists, will design a temporary urban landscape for the 2012 Warm Up summer music series in MoMA PS1’s outdoor courtyard.

The winning project, Wendy, opening at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City on July 1, 2012, is an experiment that tests how far the boundaries of architecture can expand to create ecological and social effect. Wendy is composed of nylon fabric treated with a ground breaking titania nanoparticle spray to neutralize airborne pollutants. During the summer of 2012, Wendy will clean the air to an equivalent of taking 260 cars off the road.

Wendy’s boundary is defined by tools like shade, wind, rain, music, and visual identity to reach past the confines of physical limits. Wendy crafts an environment, not just a space. Spiky arms made of the nylon fabric mentioned above will reach out with micro-programs like blasts of cool air, music, water cannons and mists to create social zones throughout the courtyard.

Wendy sits far enough away from the stage used for the annual Warm Up events to let the concerts go on unimpeded, but close enough to the entrance to create a filter and initial impact to visitors. It bridges over the walls into the large and small courtyards of MoMA PS1.

Wendy features a simple, inexpensive construction system: the scaffold is deployed efficiently to create a 70’ x 70’ x 45’ volume to form the largest surface area possible.


This year marks the fifteenth summer that MoMA PS1 has hosted a combined architectural installation and music series in its outdoor galleries, though it is only the thirteenth year of the Young Architects Program, which began in 2000. The inaugural project was an architecturally based installation in 1998 by an Austrian artist collective, Gelatin. In 1999, Philip Johnson’s DJ Pavilion celebrated the historic affiliation of MoMA PS1 and MoMA. The previous winners of the Young Architects Program are SHoP/Sharples Holden Pasquarelli (2000), ROY (2001), William E. Massie (2002), Tom Wiscombe / EMERGENT (2003), nARCHITECTS (2004), Xefirotarch (2005), OBRA (2006), Ball-Nogues (2007), WORKac (2008), MOS (2009), Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu (2010), and Interboro Partners (2011).

Jury Process

To choose an architectural firm for the Young Architects Program at MoMA PS1, deans of architecture schools and the editors of architecture publications nominate some 30 firms comprised of students, recent architectural school graduates, and established architects experimenting with new styles or techniques. The group is asked to submit portfolios of their work for review by a panel including Glenn D. Lowry, Director of The Museum of Modern Art, Klaus Biesenbach, Director of MoMA PS1, and Barry Bergdoll, Chief Curator of the Department of Architecture and Design at MoMA. The panel selects five finalists who are invited to make preliminary proposals for the designated site; the chosen winner is announced in February of each year.

[highlight1]  Project Data  [/highlight1]

Project name: Wendy
Location: 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, New York, United States
SIZE: 5,000 sq ft
Completion Date: July 1, 2012

[highlight1]  The people  [/highlight1]

Client / Owner / Developer: MoMA PS1
Project Designer: Matthias Hollwich and Marc Kushner
Project Team: Matthias Hollwich, Marc Kushner, Robert May, Adam Hostetler, Matthew Hoffman, Tim Aarsen, David Lee, Ryan Donaghy, Clare Reidy, Dwight Engel, Dongil Kim, Jamie Abrego, Eunsun Park, Brett Wiemann, Andreas Kostopoulos, Andreas Tjeldflaat, Evan Litvin, Gregory Knobloch, Gregory Nakata
Collaborators: Knippers Helbig
Text Description: © Courtesy of MoMA PS1
Images: © HWKN

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