YAP Istanbul Modern: Young Architects Program is an exciting new collaborative effort between the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa), MoMa PS1 and the Istanbul Modern. Entitled “Sky Spotting Stop”, the first temporary installation of this cross-cultural endeavour intrigues visitors by shading the courtyard of Istanbul Modern while drifting atop the waters of the Bosphorus, casting its host space upon the busy Turkish city. Due to the structure of the courtyard and the warehouse in which the museum is located, the movement of the waves from the sea is transferred to its neighbouring architectural elements, making them seem if they are gently shifting. Visitors in the courtyard can spend time under the elegantly undulating shadows during the day, and “sky spot” at night through the changing canopies above them.

Everybody loves a brilliantly executed art project, but what really puts the icing on the cake is an art project that demonstrates an astute awareness of social issues that are relevant across different communities. “Sky Spotting Stop”, which is deigned by SO? Architecture and Ideas (a duo comprising Sevince Bayrak and Oral Göktas), features re-usable materials such as vehicle tires covered with fishnets. The designers of this installation aim to encourage architects to pay closer attention to environmental issues such as sustainability, recycling, and other inventive ideas that increase the potential for the use of open-air spaces.

The Young Architects Program ends on 15 November.

Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Meclis-I Mebusan Cad. Liman Isletmeleri, Sahasi Antrepo No. 4, 34433 Karaköy, Istanbul

Images courtesy of the architects and the museum.