20 Jul 2012 • Architecture
Wendy by HWKN
NEW YORK – With her brilliant blue limbs, Wendy exudes character while sheltering party-goers and discreetly helping the environment.
The structure is HWKN’s winning project in the Young Architects Program (YAP) and can now be seen in the forecourt of New York’s MoMA PS1.
Wendy won the annual competition seeking pavilions to provide shade, seating and water for MoMA PS1’s Warm Up music series. As thousands of visitors arrive on scene every Saturday to dance, Wendy protects from the elements and relieves with her cubed water tanks, shade-combatting scaffolding and propeller-fuelled mist.
An initiative created by the NYC-based gallery in 1998, the YAP (which is now also staged in Rome and Santiago) pushes creative boundaries of emerging firms; Wendy’s innovative use of materials demonstrates that. The fabric that shapes her sharp body – a titania nanofilm treatment – neutralizes airborne pollutants; her ecological program has cleared the air of pollution from 260 cars.
‘Architecture is entering a new period where buildings have personality, rights and responsibility,’ says Matthias Hollwich of HWKN, adding that Wendy is a perfect example of this as the structure ecologically improves and aesthetically enhances its surroundings.
Winning design Wendy can be seen until 8 September, 2012.
Photos courtesy of HWKN
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