JDS architects: experiencing the void JDS architects: experiencing the void
feb 07, 2010

JDS architects: experiencing the void

‘experiencing the void’ digital print, 48.3 x 33 cm artwork © julien de smedt architects (JDS)

contemplating the void: interventions in the guggenheim museum solomon r. guggenheim museum, new york february 12th to april 28th, 2010 architecture turned into enjoyment and participation. instead of contemplating the void of the guggenheim museum‘s central space, JDS architects have proposed an experience which sees a trampoline net spiraling down the institution’s rotunda. this idea plays on frank lloyd wright’s original scenography for the guggenheim in which he envisioned patrons visiting the exhibition from the top, downwards.

looking up at the spiraling trampoline net

people can walk, rest and play on the net

the base of the net at the main floor of the guggenheim

  • Bad photoshop yo.

    Hunter says:
  • What a wonderful idea!

    leowmc says:
  • come on Hunter, whatever you think about the idea, the photoshop is pretty well done…
    and personally quite a fan of the idea too..

    allsorts says:
  • absolutely fantastic – tell me when it is up and will have to go to NYC – brilliant

    TS says:
  • it’s a wonderful ski-piste how about the lift?

    nadiali says:
  • Absolutely cool idea, I pretty like that.

    cool888 says:
  • That would be so much fun. However I would guess the potential liability insurance requirements means it wouldn’t actually ever happen.

    Snufkin says:
  • It would very fitting for the guggenheim, though I don’t see how it would help people view the galleries from top to bottom, since you couldn’t see the galleries from the net. Anyway, almost everyone starts at the top and works their way down, because otherwise you’re walking a long way up hill. But with the net, you’d feel encouraged to walk up and take the net down, encouraging fitness, but not Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision.

    Celeste says:
  • ugh it annoys me how poorly photoshopped this is.

    akhoun says:
  • construct a small prism that would change during each day with the direction of sunlight. Some interactive program that could enable you to ride a sunbeam in this context!

    LILY says:
  • nice idea but..u have the worst photoshop i’d ever seen… u chose to crop the wrong people..like they’re on the bbeach and the rest are like office people..doesnt match

    LOL says:
  • C’mon, why gripe about the photoshop? The focus should be on the idea, which is really cool in transforming the void into a big playground.

    leowmc says:
  • Death net 2010.

    Headlines read: “Guggenheim nets lawsuit” after patrons fall, bounce to their death.

    melo says:
  • It would very fitting for the guggenheim, though I don’t see how it would help people view the galleries from top to bottom, since you couldn’t see the galleries from the net. Anyway, almost everyone starts at the top and works their way down, because otherwise you’re walking a long way up hill. But with the net, you’d feel encouraged to walk up and take the net down, encouraging fitness

    packi says:
  • I think your feet would be stuck in those triangular holes, especially if they are that big!!

    drilon says:
  • hahahaha..omg..that is a one bad photoshop

    roxy says:
  • yeah, im agree with leowmc.. the idea is pretty cool. please dont talk about the photoshop, its just a software, a lill bit more exercise, and u’ll have one great photoshop.

    peekaboo says:
  • Guys! Enjoy the ideas in this competition and look at the larger picture. It is a game, be playful!

    Countcero says:
  • Fun!

    @ir says:
  • I am pretty sure this is a law suit waiting to happen but nice idea!

    velvet Valentine says:
  • I think this is very clever and very wonderful use of imagination…..I think it would be exciting to use net as a stairway instead of stairs…..just the walk up or down would be an experience…..kind of like a moon walk….only brighter…..VERY COOL

    artgirl says:

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