YAP 2015 winning project Cosmo by Andrés Jaque at MoMA PS1

Place: New York, Country: United States
June 23 - September 6, 2015
Text by Riccardo Bianchini
all images courtesy of MoMA and MoMA PS1

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In February, the MoMA, Museum Of Modern Art in New York, announced the project Cosmo by Spanish-born architect Andrés Jaque as the winner of the Young Architect Program 2015, the temporary structure that, since 2000, the MoMA and the MoMA PS1 build each summer in New York City.

As usual for the YAP’s winning proposals, the objective is to give young architects the opportunity to build a sustainable, low-cost, temporary structure aimed to provide shade, water and seat as well as to create a gathering and event space at MoMA PS1 for the summer in New York City.

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Cosmo – a project which is difficult to classify into usual categories such as those of pavilions, installations or temporary architectures, and is therefore simply defined as an “artifact” – is on view in the courtyard of MoMA PS1, in Long Island City, from June 23 through September 6, 2015.

Designed by Andrés Jaque, founder and principal of New York and Madrid-based architectural firm Office for Political Innovation, Cosmo is a movable structure, made of innovative components capable of progressively purifying over 3,000 gallons from a body of water, in a continuous cycle based on an purposely-reproduced minimized ecosystem.

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Through an advanced biochemical system, the core of the pavilion will glow every time the water becomes pure, lighting the PS1 courtyard and providing a fascinating background for live performances and music concerts.

Along with acting as a backdrop for PS1’s “Warm Up” summer events, the project is also aimed to drive attention to feasible solutions for providing sufficient drinking water to the population of the many countries where it lacks.

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From June 23 to September 6, 2015
22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, New York

Images courtesy of MoMA

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