MoMA PS1 is set to offer up tropical tranquility in the middle of Long Island City this summer. On Thursday, the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 announced that the design “Hórama Rama” by Pedro & Juana was selected as their 2019 Young Architects Program winner.
Slated to open in June 2019, the project from Pedro & Juana (Ana Paula Ruiz Galindo & Mecky Reuss) features a large-scale cyclorama that will surround museum visitors in an immersive jungle scene. The installation, clocking in at nearly 40 feet tall and 90 feet wide, will be built on top of MoMA PS1’s courtyard fence and will also feature hammocks and a functioning waterfall. According to the announcement, wooden “bristles” will jut out of the structure’s exterior to create a “dynamic sense of movement.”
“Finding inspiration in historical panoramas, Pedro & Juana have designed a structure that will allow visitors to immerse themselves in a fantastical wilderness, a visual refuge from the city,” said MoMA PS1 Chief Curator Peter Eleey in a statement. “By juxtaposing two landscapes in transition — the jungle and the Long Island City skyline — they draw attention to the evolving conditions of our environment, both globally and locally, at a crucial moment.”
Now in its 20th year, the Young Architects Program offers the opportunity for emerging architects to create a site-specific work to be installed in MoMA PS1’s courtyard for the duration of the summer as part of the museum’s outdoor music series, Warm Up. Architects who submit work for consideration must follow environmental guidelines stipulating that designs provide sustainable shade, seating and water.
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Pedro & Juanna’s winning proposal edged out competition from four other finalists, which included Low Design Office (DK Osseo-Asare and Ryan Bollom), Oana Stănescu & Akane Moriyama, Matter Design (Brandon Clifford, Johanna Lobdell, and Wes McGee), and TO (Jose G. Amozurrutia and Carlos Facio).
“For the 20th anniversary of the Young Architects Program, each of the five finalists designed potential — of surface, of movement, of space, of structure — as narratives that both reveal and conceal,” said Sean Anderson, associate curator in MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design, in the announcement. “Pedro & Juana’s world-within-a-world, ‘Hórama Rama,’ is a manifold of views in which to see and be seen, to find and lose oneself in a radically different environment. The installation constructs a collection of scenes into which visitors may escape, even if for a moment, whether in a hammock or by the waterfall.”
The proposals of all five finalists will be on view at MoMA PS1 this summer in conjunction with the installation.
Top Image: "Hórama Rama," by Pedro & Juana, winner of the 2019 Young Architects Program. Ana Paula Ruiz Galindo & Mecky Reuss. Mexico City, Mexico.