Last summer, Escobedo Soliz Studio's design for MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program (YAP), Weaving the Courtyard, covered the Long Island City museum’s concrete-enclosed outdoor space with a minimalist canopy of crisscrossing neon ropes. This year’s installation, by Jenny Sabin Studio, takes weaving to another level: composed of over one million yards of robotically woven mesh, the temporary shelter, called Lumen, shifts color and emits a warm glow with the waxing and waning of the sun.
Lumen—which opened June 29—takes an intricately systematic approach to YAP’s usual requirement to provide shade, seating, and water for visitors. Whereas these elements were parsed out in Escobedo Soliz Studio’s design (wading pools were placed in corners; seating and shaded areas were arranged around the perimeter), Lumen’s design is decidedly connected. "I really thought about this operating as an environment," says Sabin. "The ideas of transformation, materiality, and adaptation were central when it came to generating the design."