Escobedo Solíz Studio, the partnership of Lazbent Escobedo and Andres Solíz, has won the 17th edition of MoMA PS1's Young Architects Program with Weaving the Courtyard.
Their design is a literal weaving: colorful rope will be strung through the holes of the concrete walls that form the courtyard of the Long Island City, Queens, institution. Escobedo Solíz Studio's selection follows two years when the installations were geared to ecology: last year Andrés Jaque designed a machine-like construction that filtered water; and in 2014 David Benjamin designed an enclosure built from organic bricks made from corn and mushrooms. Perhaps stemming from the departure of curator Pedro Gadanho, who championed sustainable installations, and the naming of two new architecture curators at MoMA recently, this year's winning design returns to an emphasis on form, color and experience. Nevertheless, since "the building materials will be mostly unaltered by the construction process, the museum said, they can be reused for other purposes, an important factor for the competition, which has long highlighted sustainable architecture and recycling," according to the New York Times, which revealed the winner yesterday.
Weaving the Courtyard will be open in MoMA PS1's courtyard in June and stay up throughout the summer, serving as a backdrop for the institution's popular Warm-Up concert series.