As the winner of the Architectural League of New York’s 2016 Folly Competition, Hou de Sousa unveiled “Sticks” on Saturday, July 9, at the Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, Queens. The New York–based architecture firm’s inventive structure offers an assembly of standard dimensional lumber interconnected to form a functional frame to accommodate Socrates Sculpture Park’s Education Studio.
The juried competition has annually honored international design that explores the evolutionary juncture between architecture and sculpture through the concept of an architectural folly. Commemorating the fifth anniversary of the competition and the 30th anniversary of Socrates Sculpture Park, this year’s Folly competition retreated from its aforementioned principles by tasking entrants with the design of functional structures.
Salvaging onsite park resources to create a framework for educational and community use, Hou de Sousa’s bespoke proposal inventively addresses Folly the competition’s departure from folly, as it offers a purposeful structure that enhances the public programming of Socrates Sculpture Park. Scrap materials stored onsite were incorporated in the structural grid of the walls and roof of “Sticks.”
“Sticks” is a sustainable and functional exploration of the overlap of art and architecture that serves as a hub for Socrates Sculpture Park’s Education Studio, which hosts more than 10,000 students each year, while also providing space for art storage and display.
“Sticks” will be on view in Long Island City through December 31, 2016.