Each year the Young Architects Program creates opportunities for emerging designers to build a temporary, outdoor installation at MoMA PS1′s facility in Long Island City, Queens. New York-basedHWKN is this year’s winner, with a proposal for a multi-program structure. The project Wendy proposes a network of scaffolding on the site, combining high-tech materials with sustainable functions.
“Wendy does not play the typical architecture game of ecological apology – instead she is pro-active”, state the architects. The 5,000-square-foot structure is composed of nylon fabric treated with a ground breaking titania nanoparticle spray that neutralizes airborne pollutants. As the Titania nano-particles, used as coating for the fabric, are hit by sun, they trigger a catalytic and chemical reaction that neutralizes nitrodgen dioxide. The shape of the object has to do with amplifying the surface area, so that more air is cleaned. Also, the spiky arms spray water and push out blasts of cool air and water mists that cool the hot summer air.
The spiky structure is more of an environment than a space. The dominant object is supported by multiple social zones established throughout the courtyard and defined by tools like shade, wind, rain, music, and visual identity to reach past the confines of physical limits.