interboro partners: holding pattern winner of MoMA PS1's young architects program
interboro partners: holding pattern   winner of MoMA PS1's young architects program interboro partners: holding pattern   winner of MoMA PS1's young architects program
feb 18, 2011

interboro partners: holding pattern winner of MoMA PS1's young architects program

‘holding pattern’ by interboro partners all images courtesy interboro partners




brooklyn-based studio interboro partners (tobias armborst, daniel d’oca, georgeen theodore) has won MoMA PS1’s 2011 young architects program with their design, ‘holding pattern’. the annual competition calls for projects that challenge the concept of installation, granting one team to transform the outdoor courtyard space of the MoMA PS1 in new york city.





aiming to reveal the courtyard and its potential rather than redesign it, the design takes note of the unusual site conditions by working with its pre-existing qualities. the plot, which is an irregular seven-sided polygon, directly determined the form of the installation: rope is strung from holes in MoMA PS1’s concrete wall to the parapet across the courtyard, creating a delicate fabric over the outdoor space. inexpensive and column-free, the hyperboloid surface dramatically bends around and over the courtyard to gently filter the sunlight.





the project is also the result of an extensive study taken of the local neighborhood. responding to the collective wants and needs of the area’s residents, ‘holding pattern’ is a practice in recycling, offering a plan for the installation after its use. objects ranging from benches to ping-pong tables, mirrors to floor lights will be donated after being in use in  the courtyard during the summer.

in-use illustration




project info:


principals: tobias armborst, daniel d’oca, georgeen theodore project manager: rebecca beyer winik structural engineers: kathleen cahill, cristobal correa, andrew coslow, jenessa frey, lesser gonzalez, david himelman, jenna kaminsky, brian novello, joel okpala, carsten rodin, becky slogeris, jeff thompson

  • i can see groups of birds nesting on the strings and bombing people gathered in the square

    mgc says:
  • i love the illustrations!

    lh says:

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