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Jenny Sabin Studio. Lumen. 2017 (rendering). Winner of the Young Architects Program 2017, MoMA PS1, New York. Courtesy Jenny Sabin Studio.
Jenny Sabin Studio. Lumen. 2017 (rendering). Winner of the Young Architects Program 2017, MoMA PS1, New York. Courtesy Jenny Sabin Studio.
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A Multi-Sensory Micro-Climate is Coming to NYC This Summer

Picture of Amber C. Snider
Home & Design Editor
Updated: 28 February 2017
An immersive, multi-sensory micro-climate will soon provide an aesthetic and physical respite at MoMA PS1’s summer music series, thanks to the recently announced winner of the Young Architects Program (YAP).

Lumen, a photo-luminescent and socially-responsive construction designed by Jenny Sabin, was hailed the winner of MoMA and MoMA PS1’s annual Young Architects Program. Lumen will serve as the temporary outdoor setting for the venue’s summer music series Warm Up, starting June 29, 2017.

The construction is made of “responsive tubular structures in a lightweight knitted fabric,” and “features a canopy of recycled, photo-luminescent, and solar activated textiles that absorb, collect, and deliver light,” according to MoMA’s press release.

Jenny Sabin Studio. Lumen. 2017 (rendering). Winner of the Young Architects Program 2017, MoMA PS1, New York. Courtesy Jenny Sabin Studio.
Jenny Sabin Studio ‘Lumen’ 2017 (rendering) | Courtesy of Jenny Sabin Studio

Inspired by “collective levity, play, and interaction,” the structure will change and evolve throughout the day to adjust to differences in temperature and bodies, providing a cooler environment during the hottest parts of the day and a glowing light after the sunsets. Sabin’s design was one of the five selected as finalists for the prestigious award dedicated to fostering innovative architecture by emerging talent.

“The Young Architects Program remains one of the most significant opportunities for architects and designers from across the country and world to build radical yet transformative ideas,” says Sean Anderson, Associate Curator in MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design.

Jenny Sabin Studio. Lumen. 2017 (rendering). Winner of the Young Architects Program 2017, MoMA PS1, New York. Courtesy Jenny Sabin Studio.
Jenny Sabin Studio ‘Lumen’ 2017 (rendering) | Courtesy Jenny Sabin Studio

“Jenny Sabin’s catalytic immersive environment, Lumen, captured the jury’s attention for imaginatively merging public and private spaces. With innovative construction and design processes borne from a critical merging of technology and nature to precise attention to detail at every scale, Lumen will no doubt engage visitors from day to night in a series of graduated environments and experiences,” Anderson continued.

Each year YAP finalists are challenged with the task of designing creative solutions for this outdoor installation, and must also address environmental issues such as sustainability and recycling. “Jenny Sabin’s Lumen is a socially and environmentally responsive structure that spans practices and disciplines in its exploratory approach to new materials,” adds Klaus Biesenbach, MoMA PS1 Director and MoMA Chief Curator at Large.

So if you find yourself yearning for a multi-sensory experience this summer (and want to beat the heat), MoMA PS1 may just be the place to go.