Young Mexico City architecture practice will knit a neon canopy over the MoMA

Escobedo Solíz Studio, a Mexico City-based studio has won MoMA’s Young Architecture Program with their bid to knit a neon canopy over the museum’s garden.

Founded in 2011 by Lazbent Pavel Escobedo and Andres Solíz, Escobedo Solíz Studio has been announced as the winner of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and MoMA PS1’s Young Architecture Program.

Now in its 17th year, the Young Architects Program at MoMA PS1 is an international competition held to choose emerging architectural talent to transform the museum’s courtyard in Long Island City, Queens, for its annual summer Warm Up concert series.

Escobedo Solíz Studio was awarded the Young Architects Program for their proposal called Weaving the Courtyard. Their plan is to knit a multi-coloured canopy over the outdoor space using the existing holes in the courtyard's concrete walls. The canopy, which Escobedo and Solíz call a “cloud”, will vary in density, creating patches of shade and geometric patterning across the courtyard.

The installation will use sustainable and eco-friendly materials and also include a reflective wading pool, which will stand at the back of the courtyard allowing visitors to cool off in fresh water.

“Escobedo Solíz’s ingenious proposal speaks to both the ephemerality of architectural imagery today but also to the nature of spatial transactions more broadly,” said Sean Anderson, associate curator in MoMA’s Architecture and Design department, in a press release issued by MoMA PS1.

The architects describe this year’s construction as “neither an object nor a sculpture standing in the courtyard, but a series of simple, powerful actions that generate new and different atmospheres”.

Escobedo and Solíz are both architecture graduates of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Other work by the architecture studio includes a community centre in Campeche, made of recycled timber.

Previous winners include Partywall, a wall clad in 3 000 used skateboards by Ithaca-based architects Coda and a circular tower made of leftover cornhusks and fungus strings designed by Brooklyn-based firm The Living.