Rendering of Jenny Sabin Studio's Lumen, 2017.

MoMA PS1 Names Jenny Sabin Studio Winner of 2017 Young Architects Program

Jenny Sabin Studio’s Lumen has been selected as the winning design of MoMA PS1’s annual Young Architects Program. The immersive environment, an evolving design that changes in response to the people interacting with it as well as to heat and sunlight, will be constructed in the museum’s courtyard, opening on June 29.

Klaus Biesenbach, MoMA PS1 director and MoMA chief curator at large, said, “Lumen is a socially and environmentally responsive structure that spans practices and disciplines in its exploratory approach to new materials. Held in tension within the walls of MoMA PS1’s courtyard, Lumen turns visitors into participants who interact through its responsiveness to temperature, sunlight, and movement.”

Now in its eighteenth edition, the Young Architects Program has offered emerging architectural talent the opportunity to design and present innovative projects for a temporary, outdoor installation that provides shade, seating, and water. The architects must also work within guidelines that address environmental issues, including sustainability and recycling. Made of responsive tubular structures in a lightweight knitted fabric, Lumen features a canopy of recycled photoluminescent and solar-active textiles that absorb, collect, and deliver light as well as a misting system that will respond to visitors’ proximity.

The other finalists for this year’s MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program were Bureau Spectacular (Jimenez Lai and Joanna Grant), Ania Jaworska, Office of III (Sean Canty, Ryan Golenberg, and Stephanie Lin), and Schaum/Shieh (Rosalyne Shieh and Troy Schaum). Organized by associate curator Sean Anderson and curatorial assistant Arièle Dionne-Krosnick, an exhibition of the five finalists’ proposed projects will be on view at MoMA throughout the summer.

Bloomberg Philanthropies has supported the Young Architects Program since 2007. In 2016, MoMA and MoMA PS1 announced that its sponsorship had been extended for three years, enabling the program to continue through the summer of 2018.