The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 have announced the winner of the twentieth edition of the Young Architects Program: the Hórama Rama project by Mexican studio Pedro & Juana, founded by architects Ana Paula Ruiz Galindo and Mecky Reuss.
Hórama Rama will be built in the courtyard of MoMA PSI in Long Island City, New York, and opened in June. The architects imagined an enormous cyclorama wrapping around the walls of the courtyard, welcoming musicians and spectators to the Warm Up Summer Music Series, a packed programme of events that will continue throughout the summer at MoMA PS1. The public will be catapulted into an immersive jungle, a wild environment built with a panoramic image of the jungle rising above the scaffolding.
The architects have designed a circular structure 40 feet high and 90 feet wide, inscribed and suspended over the walls of the MoMA PS1 courtyard to redesign the horizon and project visitors from a concrete urban jungle into a “real” green jungle. The project offers the public an opportunity to pass from one landscape to another and vice versa, between the jungle and the skyline of Long Island City. To add to the visitor experience, the architects also provide a series of home-made hammocks of the type used in southern Mexico and a real waterfall, providing a place to stop and cool off on the hot summer evenings of Warm Up.
The project by Mexican studio Pedro & Juana was chosen among proposals presented by five finalists shortlisted in the competition. In addition to Ana Paula Ruiz Galindo and Mecky Reuss’s Hórama Rama project, the finalists included projects by Low Design Office (DK Osseo-Asare and Ryan Bollom), Oana Stănescu & Akane Moriyama, Matter Design (Brandon Clifford, Johanna Lobdell, and Wes McGee) and TO (Jose G. Amozurrutia and Carlos Facio).
Sean Anderson and Arièle Dionne-Krosnick, associate curator and assistant curator in MoMA’s department of architecture and design, will be organising an exhibition at MoMA PS1 in the summer of 2019 presenting the first shortlisted projects.
Architects Ana Paula Ruiz Galindo and Mecky Reuss founded their architecture firm, Pedro & Juana, in Mexico City in 2012. The firm soon rose to fame for its furniture design projects and public installations such as the "Dear Randolph" project created for the 2015 Architecture Biennale in Chicago. On that occasion the architects designed an interactive living room for the Chicago Cultural Centre: an ostentatious, opulent place with tall tables, chairs and sofas, and lights suspended in variable positions. Two years later, for the 2017 edition of the same Biennale, the architects designed a ceiling with 221 lamps, a dynamic, flexible space in the centre of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, renovated to plans by Johnston Marklee.
Studio: Pedro & Juana http://pedroyjuana.com
Project Leaders: Ana Paula Ruiz Galindo, Mecky Reuss
Team Pedro & Juana: Adriana Carlos, Vani Monjaraz
Structural Engineer: Roel Schierbeek, Shaina Saporta ARUP
Hammocks: Entre Nudos
Waterfall Consultant: Jenna Didier and ARUP
Lighting Consultants: ARUP
Model: Julia DiPietro, Yuki Nakayama
The Museum of Modern Art - 11 West 53 Street - New York, NY 10019
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue - Long Island City, NY 11101
Images courtesy of MoMA PS1 - Hórama Rama, images by Pedro & Juana
Biennial Project: Pedro&Juana. Randolph. Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial photo by Steve Hall, 2015
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago photo by: Kendall McCaugherty © MCA Chicago, Peter McCullough © MCA Chicago.