Friday, July 8, 2011

Dunescape, SHoP Architects

Happy Friday!

Continuing to discuss Dune Shaped Architecture. Today’s Environment of the Week will be "Dunescape" at P.S.1 in MoMA, Summer Court Yard Installation by SHoP Architects. For those that have been following the blog. Thanks. Thank you Kathleen Smith for today’s YEOW suggestion!
[If anyone else has any YEOW’s they’d like to share, please feel free to let me know! Thx J]

Young Architects competition Winner
Location: Long Island City, NY
Phase: Completed June 2000
Size: 12,000 sf

The first view upon entering the studio of SHoP Architects is a wall full of model airplanes. These airplanes visualize the firm’s overarching philosophy of “performance-based design”, in which form maximizes the capabilities of a building. While performance-based design is second-nature in the aviation and automotive industries, it is a rare stance amongst architecture firms.

Installation Mockup
MoMA PS1 is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit contemporary art institutions in the United States. An exhibition space rather than a collecting institution, MoMA PS1 devotes its energy and resources to displaying the most experimental art in the world. MoMA PS1 presents over 50 exhibitions each year, including artists' retrospectives, site-specific installations, historical surveys, arts from across the United States and the world, and a full schedule of music and performance programming.

Model to scale

Inside the Dunscape
Gregg Pasquarelli, SHoP/Sharples Holden Pasquarelli:
We had been experimenting with digital simulation and animation design techniques as well as really trying to push this idea of "performance-based design," but SHoP's main interest was translating the digital into the actual. How could an architect extract what was so provocative on the screen and retain this once it's built? How do you do that on a limited budget without making it look like a school project? We had to make that translation in six weeks! Back then the competition didn't seem like a big deal. For us it was more, "Let’s see if we can test these ideas out."

Ribbing on the Dunescape

Activating a non-activated space

Amazing eh.

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