The Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) Young Architects Program (YAP) offers selected young designers and architects from across the globe the opportunity to create designs that promote diversity of use as well as sustainability. In order to achieve these goals, MoMA and MoMA PS1 are currently partnering with the National Museum of XXI Century Arts (MAXXI) in Rome, CONSTRUCTO in Chile, Istanbul Modern in Turkey—and most recently, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Seoul, South Korea.
YAP Korea provides opportunities for emerging architects in South Korea to create temporary exterior installations for summer programming at the MMCA. The inaugural YAP Korea installation—chosen from finalists by a team of representatives from both museums and representatives from the other YAP International programs—is set to open on July 8.
Moon Ji Bang project rendering
Moon Ji Bang, a project team composed of Choi Jang-won, Park Cheon-kang and Kwon Kyung-min, was chosen as the inaugural winner.
The winner of the 2014 YAP MAXXI installation is Orizzontale, comprised of Jacopo Ammendola, Giuseppe Grant, Juan Lopez Cano, Margherita Manfra, Nasrin Mohiti Asli, Roberto Pantaleoni and Stefano Ragazzo. The 8 ½ installation is a translucent wall made of recycled beer kegs and an inhabitable timber podium that creates both a shining stage for summer events as well as a comfortable protected shadowed area, inviting people to rest, play, watch and listen.
Wicker Forest rendering
The winning design for the 2014 edition of YAP Chile, Wicker Forest by the firm Grupo Talca, is composed of a landscape formed by wicker sticks, stacked together forming a four meter high thick forest. The installation will catch particles dragged by the wind, while providing shade and movement. The components will be recycled when the installation closes.
Finally, back in New York City, David Benjamin, architect at the New York-based firm The Living, has been selected as the winner for his project “Hy-Fi,” which will open at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City this month.
A dedicated YAP International website features the selected proposals and designs from the winners of YAP International. The website also includes an archive of past MoMA/MoMA PS1 YAP finalists and winning proposals, interviews with the curators and installation videos.