Client: P.S.1. MoMA
Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group
Location: New York, USA
Building something in order to tear it down three months later seems like the epitome of excess and wastefulness. BIG proposes a structure that creates maximum impact with a minimum of means, where human life unfolds to the fullest with minimum material expense. An installation that consists of 99.9% air is formed as a cloud-like landscape for playing, relaxing, and dancing that provides seating, playgrounds, water, shade and light. The P.S.1 installation is conceived as a three-month chapter in the cradle to cradle life-cycle design of the cloudscape. The fabric of the cloudscape is translucent recycled PVC, made from recycled truck bed covers and bags, reducing the environmental impact by 80% on average by eliminating the raw material extraction and production processes. Continue for more after the jump:
The cloudscape is composed of spheres of two different sizes made from a composition of identical triangulated S-shapes. After deflation at the end of the season, the S-shapes can be folded into Manhattan Portage Bags. Each bag is given a unique number that is printed on the fabric along with the pattern and folding instructions. After the season the bags can be sold as numbered fragments of the total piece – P.S.1 out of 7295.