pollution fighting architecture by HWKN for MoMa PS1 courtyard
pollution fighting architecture by HWKN for MoMa PS1 courtyard pollution fighting architecture by HWKN for MoMa PS1 courtyard
feb 13, 2012

pollution fighting architecture by HWKN for MoMa PS1 courtyard

‘wendy’ by HWKN for MoMa PS1

‘wendy’, designed by new york-based architecture firm HWKN, has been selected as the winning proposal in a competition to redesign the courtyard of the MoMA PS1 art exhibition space. adopting the form of a three-dimensional, multipronged star set within metal scaffolding, the structure is composed of nylon fabric, treated with a titania nanoparticle spray that neutralizes airborne pollutants. over the course of this summer alone, ‘wendy’ is expected to clean the air to an extent equivalent to the removal of 260 cars from the road. the spikes of the star each feature different built-in technologies to offers blasts of cool air, music, water, or mist, encouraging interactivity across a range of uses.

aerial view

the arms of the star broadcast blasts of cool air, music, mist, or water sprays, as seen here

the multiuse courtyard is home to a range of public events


visitors can experience differing levels of shade by entering into the structure

view from approach

night view

project info:

location: new york, new york, USA client: MoMa PS1 size: 5000 sqf status: to be constructed summer 2012 design team: matthias hollwich, marc kushner, robert may, adam hostetler, matthew hoffman, tim aarsen, david lee, ryan donaghy, clare reidy, dwight engel, dongil kim, jamie abrego, eunsun park, brett wiemann, andreas kostopoulos, andreas tjeldflaat, evan litvin, gregory knobloch

  • 1. How much energy would this take to manufacture and construct in the first place?
    2. I hope I don’t get sprayed by this thing because titanium nanoparticles are the Asbestos of tomorrow!
    3. If you don’t inhale it, it goes down the stormwater drain and fish get to swim in titanium nanoparticles
    4. Thanks – just what we all need is a giant nylon tent impregnated with toxic nanoparticles that will make more pollution to construct – and dispose of – than it actually ‘absorbs’
    5. Let’s not mention the human cost of polluting the world with nanoparticles that haven’t been established as safe!
    6. Let’s all just be human – keep it real!

    D. Ogg says:
  • true that

    ssk says:
  • Did someone mention nanoparticles?

    ArcAlign says:
  • ignoring the whole nanopartile thing (which sounds more like \”greenwash\” to me) its a great form, like a sophisticated version of playground stuff

    dbkii says:
  • A few trees could have done. Architects are not gods! Get a life.

    Andy says:
  • sculpture of sonic the hedgehog in a cage

    g says:

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