Liquid Sky by Ball-Nogues, the winning entry for the 2007 Young Architects Program. Six towers support the kaleidoscopic patterns of color created by tinted Mylar petals, © 2007 The Museum of Modern Art.

Aurum by Gage/Clemenceau (New York, New York), Finalist in the MoMA/PS 1 Young Architects Program, 2007, © 2007 The Museum of Modern Art.

Winners of MoMA, PS 1 Eighth Annual Young Architects Competition

Liquid Sky by Ball-Nogues, the winning entry for the 2007 Young Architects Program, © 2007 The Museum of Modern Art.

Liquid Sky by Ball-Nogues, the winning entry for the 2007 Young Architects Program, © 2007 The Museum of Modern Art.

Liquid Sky by Ball-Nogues, the winning entry for the 2007 Young Architects Program, © 2007 The Museum of Modern Art.

Liquid Sky by Ball-Nogues, the winning entry for the 2007 Young Architects Program, © 2007 The Museum of Modern Art.

Liquid Sky by Ball-Nogues, the winning entry for the 2007 Young Architects Program, Process sketch, © 2007 The Museum of Modern Art.

Liquid Sky by Ball-Nogues, the winning entry for the 2007 Young Architects Program, Model Installation in PS1, © 2007 The Museum of Modern Art.

 

PS 1 Contemporary Art Center
22-25 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City
718-784-2084
Outdoor Courtyard
2007 Young Architects Program
Liquid Sky by Ball-Nogues
June 27-Fall, 2007

The Museum of Modern Art and PS 1 Contemporary Art Center present an
installation in PS 1’s outdoor courtyard by Los Angeles-based firm Ball-Nogues, led by Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues, winner of the 2007 annual MoMA/PS 1 Young Architects Program. The competition invites emerging architects to propose an installation for the courtyard of PS 1 in Long Island City, Queens. The objective of the Young Architects Program is to identify and provide an outlet for emerging young talent in architecture, an ongoing mission of both MoMA and PS 1. This year, five finalists selected were asked to present designs for an installation at PS 1 with the allotted project budget of $70,000.

The winning installation, Liquid Sky, designed by Ball-Nogues (Los Angeles), will be on view in the PS 1 courtyard beginning June 21. Liquid Sky will immerse the viewer in kaleidoscopic patterns of color created by sunlight filtering through an array of translucent, tinted Mylar petals that resemble blossoming flowers of stained glass. Together, the petals form a tensioned surface that reconfigures the horizon, cresting above the walls of the PS 1 courtyard. Six towers constructed from untreated utility poles support the surface while providing discrete spaces at their base for relaxing on enormous community hammocks made of brightly colored netting. For the adjacent outdoor gallery, the team has designed the Droopscape, a slack catenary belly that shifts and flows in the wind, supported by drench towers that periodically soak visitors below with their gravity-induced tip buckets. The winning proposal was designed in collaboration with Paul Endres of Endres Ware Architects/Engineers and the Product Architecture Lab at Stevens Institute. As in past years, the project will serve as the venue for Warm Up, the popular music series held annually in PS 1’s courtyard.

In addition to Ball-Nogues, the five finalists are Gage/Clemenceau Architects (New York), IwamotoScott (San Francisco), Mos (Brooklyn), and Ruy Klein (New York). The designs will be presented in an exhibition in MoMA’s Louise Reinhardt Smith Gallery, from June 27 to September 8.

"Ball-Nogues's exuberant project, Liquid Sky, combines the zest of a joyful event space with rigorous research into new materials and digital fabrication,” states Barry Bergdoll, Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art. “Low-tech assembly is joined with experiment in the latest cutting and fabrication techniques gleaned from the sailing industry. They posit a project whose research will hold resonance and application long after this summer's Warm Up series. Liquid Sky is a rich palette of atmospheric effects and brilliant color with an undertone of the ephemeral circus spectacle.”

According to PS 1 Director Alanna Heiss, "To hear five great, young architects present their dream of a temporary pavilion is to fall in love five times. The winner, Ball-Nogues, from the Echo Park area of Los Angeles, gave us a Fellini-esque project: a circus tent whose canvas has been replaced with phosphorescent scales of hallucinogenic colors. This astonishing but low-tech creation cannot fail but to delight viewers of all ages."

Ball-Nogues principals, Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues, describe the experience of their installation: “When you step into Liquid Sky, you’ve set your mind and body free from the weight of the urban environment and are submerged into an atmosphere of soothing exhilaration, subtle stimulation, and inspirational calm. As the installation changes from day-to-day, even hour-to-hour, your expectations create your own unique experience.”

For the Young Architects Program 2007 selection process, experts in the field of architecture, including architects, curators, academics, and magazine editors, nominated the finalists from a pool of approximately forty candidates that included both recent graduates and established architects experimenting with new styles or techniques. The five finalists presented proposals to a panel composed of Glenn D. Lowry, Director, The Museum of Modern Art; Alanna Heiss, Director, PS 1; Barry Bergdoll, Philip Johnson Chief Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art; Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator, Department of Media, The Museum of Modern Art; and Peter Reed, Senior Deputy Director, Curatorial Affairs, The Museum of Modern Art. Antoine Guerrero, PS 1’s Director of Operations, served as chief adviser to the panel.

2007 marks the tenth summer that PS 1 has hosted a combined architectural installation and music series in its outdoor galleries. The inaugural project was an architectural installation in 1998 by an Austrian collective, Gelatin. In 1999, Philip Johnson’s DJ Pavilion celebrated the historic affiliation of PS 1 and MoMA. The previous winners of the Young Architects Program are SHoP/Sharples Holden Pasquarelli (2000), ROY (2001), William E. Massie (2002), Tom Wiscombe / EMERGENT (2003), nARCHITECTS (2004), Xefirotarch (2005), and OBRA (2006).

Banjamin Ball grew up in Colorado and Iowa where his mother’s involvement in theater proved influential. While studying for his degree in architecture at SCI-Arc in Southern California, Ball logged stints at Gehry Partners and Shirdel Zago Kipnis. Upon graduation, he sought work as a set and production designer for films (including The Matrix series) as well as music videos and commercials with such influential directors as Mark Romanek, Mark Coppos, and Tony Scott. His experience ranges from work on the Disney Concert Hall and small residential commissions for boutique firms to complex medical structures and event design. In his current collaboration with Gaston Nogues, Ball is exploring the intersection of architecture, art, and product design through physical modeling and the use of digital and traditional forms of production. A major goal of his design endeavors is to create experiences; because of this, he feels "a building that is not built is not architecture."

Gaston Nogues was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, before moving to Los Angeles at age 12. Frequently accompanying his father to his job as an aerospace engineer, Nogues acquired a fascination with the hands-on process of building. An honors graduate in architecture from SCI-Arc, he moved directly from school into a position at Gehry Partners where he worked in product design and production. He remained there until 2005, except for a one-year stint in 1996 as an assistant curator at the fine arts publishing house Gemini GEL. In his current collaboration with Benjamin Ball, Nogues is focused on fabricating what has been visualized.

Liquid Sky by Ball-Nogues, the winning entry for the 2007 Young Architects Program, © 2007 The Museum of Modern Art.

Knot Garden by Ruy Klein (New York, New York). Finalist in the MoMA/PS 1 Young Architects Program, 2007, © 2007 The Museum of Modern Art.

Reef by IwamotoScott (San Francisco), Finalist in the MoMA/PS 1 Young Architects Program, 2007, © 2007 The Museum of Modern Art.

Prehistoric Future by Mos (Brooklyn, New York),Finalist in the MoMA/PS 1 Young Architects Program, 2007, © 2007 The Museum of Modern Art.