Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers of the Minneapolis-based art and architecture practice Dream the Combine have been chosen as the winners of this year’s Young Architects Program, organized by the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1. The annual competition, now in its 19th edition, grants winners the opportunity to design a temporary and sustainable outdoor pavilion that provides shade, seating, and water in MoMA PS1’s courtyard. Last year’s installation by Jenny Sabin, called Lumen, covered the concrete-enclosed space in a canopy of photo-luminescent tiles.
Dream the Combine’s design, developed in collaboration with Clayton Binkley of ARUP, is inspired by the spontaneous social interactions of contemporary urban street life. Called Hide & Seek, the installation comprises a series of intersecting structures, each containing two inward-facing mirrors. The mirrors, which are suspended by a frame, move in the wind or by touch, allowing unexpected sightlines across the courtyard and in turn fostering unexpected interactions.
“Conceived as a temporary site of exchange, the proposal activates the MoMA PS1 courtyard as a speculative frontier to be magnified, transgressed, and re-occupied,” said Sean Anderson, associate curator in MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design, in a statement.
The proposal was selected from a pool of five finalists that included RECORD 2017 Vanguard firm FreelandBuck, LeCavalier R+D, OFICINAA, and BairBalliet.
The pavilion, which serves as the landscape for MoMA PS1’s annual outdoor summer music series Warm Up, will open this June.
Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers. Longing. 2015. Minneapolis, MN. Video by Isaac Gale.