The Living Wins P.S.1 with Compostable Brick Tower | ITSLIQUID

The Living Wins P.S.1 with Compostable Brick Tower

Design | February 20, 2014 |

The LivingImage courtesy of The Living

The Living Wins P.S.1 with Compostable Brick Tower

The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 has selected ”Hy-Fi,” a “circular tower of organic and reflective bricks” designed by The Living (David Benjamin), as the winner of the 15th annual Young Architects Program (YAP) in New York. An exemplar of the cradle-to-cradle philosophy, the temporary installation will be built entirely from organic material via a new method of bio-design.

The LivingImage courtesy of The Living

“Hy-Fi” gained distinction with the jury due to the ”mesmerizing” light effects reflected on its interior walls, effects achieved by the unique stacking of two new materials: Ecovative-manufactured organic bricks, made from corn stalks and specially-developed living root structures, and reflective bricks, designed by 3M, that were used as growing trays for the organic bricks before being implemented into the structure. Still prototypes, the reflected bricks will be sent back to D3 for further research upon the installation’s dismantling.

The LivingImage courtesy of The Living

As MoMA explains: “The organic bricks are arranged at the bottom of the structure and the reflective bricks are arranged at the top to bounce light down on the towers and the ground. The structure inverts the logic of load-bearing brick construction and creates a gravity-defying effect—instead of being thick and dense at the bottom, it is thin and porous at the bottom.”  The installation also provides summer visitors with a cool retreat as the formation is calibrated to draw in cool air at the bottom and push out hot air at the top.

The LivingImage courtesy of The Living

This offers a “familiar-yet completely new-structure in the context of the glass towers of the New York City skyline and the brick construction of the MoMA PS1 building.”

“This year’s YAP winning project bears no small feat. It is the first sizable structure to claim near-zero carbon emissions in its construction process and, beyond recycling, it presents itself as being 100% compostable,” said Pedro Gadanho, Curator in MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design.

The LivingImage courtesy of The Living

“Recurring to the latest developments in biotech, it reinvents the most basic component of architecture-the brick-as both a material of the future and a classic trigger for open-ended design possibilities. At MoMA PS1, The Living’s project will be showcased as a sensuous, primeval background for the Warm-Up sessions; the ideas and research behind it, however, will live on to fulfill ever new uses and purposes.”

The LivingImage courtesy of The Living

Previous winners include CODA’s Party Wall (2013), HWKN’s Wendy (2012), Interboro Partners’ Holding Pattern (2011),  SO-IL’s Pole Dance (2010), MOS Architects’ Afterparty (2009) and Work AC’s PF1 (2008).

more. www.thelivingnewyork.com

Are you an artist, architect, designer? Would you like to be featured on ITSLIQUID platform? Send an e-mail to info@itsliquid.com or fill the form below

RELATED POSTS


London Design Festival

Design | July 11, 2019

London Design Festival returns to the capital for its 17th year this September 2019 with an inspiring programme of events and installations across the city. This year also marks 11 years with the V&A as a collaborating partner and the official Festival hub. During the Festival, the world's leading museum of art, design and performance will once again play host to a series of specially-commissioned projects by internationally-renowned designers. Read more


OPENING: ANIMA MUNDI FESTIVAL 2019…

Events | July 10, 2019

The Festival will run from May to November 2019, in the same period of the 58th Venice Art Biennale, “May you live in interesting times“, curated by Ralph Rugoff and organized by La Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, hosted at the Giardini and at the Arsenale venues. Read more


CALL FOR ARTISTS: ANIMA MUNDI…

Calls | June 22, 2019

CALL FOR ARTISTS: ANIMA MUNDI FESTIVAL 2019 – VISIONS ITSLIQUID International Art Festival Deadline: September 07, 2019 ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with Venice Events and Ca’ Zanardi, is pleased to announce the open call for the exhibition VISIONS, third appointment of ANIMA MUNDI 2019 – ITSLIQUID International Art Festival. ANIMA MUNDI FESTIVAL, curated by Arch. […] Read more


THE LINE London

ITSLIQUID | June 21, 2019

THE LINE Contemporary Art Space will host solo and collective shows with a rich variety of contemporary painters, photographers, designers, architects, sculptors, performers and video makers. Read more


Sign up for our Newsletter.

Enter your email to receive our latest updates!