Escobedo Solíz Studio’s Weaving the Courtyard Opens at MoMA PS1

In February, the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 named Mexico City­–based Escobedo Solíz Studio as the winner of the 17th edition of the Young Architects Program. Dubbed Weaving the Courtyard, the winning design offers a textured canopy of interwoven colorful ropes that are suspended over the MoMA PS1 courtyard in Long Island City, Queens. Highlighting the notion of the courtyard as an arena for escape, the temporary urban landscape has recently been installed and will create a unique atmosphere for MoMA PS1’s annual summer Warm Up outdoor music series.

Photography by by Pete Deevakul. Courtesy of Escobedo Solíz Studio and MoMA PS1

Photograph by Pete Deevakul. Courtesy of Escobedo Solíz Studio and MoMA PS1

The site-specific architectural intervention uses the existing concrete walls within the courtyard as backdrops for creating the illusion of a natural topography. Varying in density throughout, the kaleidoscopic ropes are fastened to existing holes in the concrete—left over from the original formwork ties. The neon canopy invites visitors to interact with the installation, while providing shade as it casts a brightly colored cloud over the courtyard. The design features embankments with platforms of sand and water, a reflective wading pool for visitors to cool off in, a mist room fashioned by nozzles integrated into the tie holes, as well as a timber dance floor and DJ booth.

Photography by by Pete Deevakul. Courtesy of Escobedo Solíz Studio and MoMA PS1

Photograph by Pete Deevakul. Courtesy of Escobedo Solíz Studio and MoMA PS1

Founded in 2011 by Lazbent Escobedo and Andres Solíz, Escobedo Solíz Studio describes their project as “neither an object nor a sculpture standing in the courtyard, but a series of simple, powerful actions that generate new and different atmospheres.” Escobedo Soliz Studio is the first Mexican firm to win the YAP pavilion competition and the project also represents the firm’s first built work.

Photography by by Pete Deevakul. Courtesy of Escobedo Solíz Studio and MoMA PS1

Photograph by Pete Deevakul. Courtesy of Escobedo Solíz Studio and MoMA PS1

Weaving the Courtyard will be on view at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City through August 21.

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