Interboro Selected for PS1’s Young Architects Program

Even though it’s supposed to be nearly 60 degrees here in Chicago today, we know it’s but a cruel tease the winter plays on us. So while we bask in this temporary warmth, we have also enjoyed thinking about a much sunnier, more comfortable season with the news of who has won PS1‘s annual Young Architects Program. You’ll recall that every year, since 2000, the MoMA offshoot has held a contest inviting up-and-coming architects or firms to submit ideas for what to do with the museum’s courtyard in the summer. This year’s winner is Interboro, a firm consisting of partners Tobias Armborst, Daniel D’Oca and Georgeen Theodore. Their winning concept is called “Holding Pattern” and plays off the original plans for the building itself, utilizing spaces that had been encroached upon the nearly 100-year old structure over its decades. Their plan involves a number of ropes strung above the courtyard, while also trying to invite the essence of the neighborhood in. Here’s a bit from their description of the plan:

“Holding Pattern” reveals this situation by stringing ropes from holes in MoMA PS1’s concrete wall to the parapet across the courtyard. In the same way that Hugh Ferris reveals the potential of New York City’s 1916 zoning code by drawing the theoretical building envelope, we reveal the very odd, idiosyncratic space of the courtyard and simultaneously create an inexpensive and column-free space for the activity below. From the ground, the experience is of a soaring hyperboloid surface.