The Living (David Benjamin). Hy-Fi project. MoMA PS1. New York

Winner of the annual Young Architects Program (YAP) MoMA PS1, courtyard. New York, June 2014

July 03, 2014

The Living (David Benjamin). Hy-Fi project. MoMA PS1. New York

”Hy-Fi is a circular tower of organic and reflective bricks. The organic bricks are produced through an innovative combination of corn stalks (that otherwise have no value) and specially-developed living root structures, brought to the project through Ecovative, an innovative company that The Living is collaborating with. The reflective bricks are produced through the custom-forming of a new daylighting mirror film invented by 3M. The reflective bricks are used as growing trays for the organic bricks, and then they are incorporated into the final construction before being shipped back to 3M for use in further research. The organic bricks are arranged at the bottom of the structure and the reflective bricks are arranged at the top to bounce light down on the towers and the ground. The structure inverts the logic of load-bearing brick construction and creates a gravity-defying effect—instead of being thick and dense at the bottom, it is thin and porous at the bottom. The structure iscalibrated to create a cool micro-climate in the summer by drawing in cool air at the bottom and pushing out hot air at the top. The structure creates mesmerizing light effects on its interior walls through reflected caustic patterns. Hy-Fi offers a familiar—yet completely new—structure in the context of the glass towers of the New York City skyline and the brick construction of the MoMA PS1 building. And overall, the structure offers shade, color, light, views, and a future-oriented experience that is designed to be refreshing, thought-provoking, and full of wonder and optimism”. From the project description.


Photos by a+t research group

 


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