Whatami by stARTT

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WHATAMI by stARTT

This pavilion by Italian firm stARTT has won the first international edition of the MoMA/P.S.1 Young Architects Program and will be installed outside the Zaha Hadid-designed MAXXI museum in Rome this June. See this year's New York installation in yesterday's story.

WHATAMI by stARTT

As inaugural winners of the YAP_MAXXI award stARTT's installation, entitled Whatami, will feature a series of mini hills around the concrete plaza with pools of water in between.

WHATAMI by stARTT

The artificial landscape will be littered with clusters of funnel-shaped canopies representing flowers.

WHATAMI by stARTT

WHATAMI will open in June this year at the same time as Interboro Partner's winning design for their installation in the courtyard of the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Centre in New York. (See our earlier story)

WHATAMI by stARTT

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WHATAMI by stARTT

Here's some more information from The Museum of Modern Art:


stARTT SELECTED AS WINNER OF THE INAUGURAL YOUNG ARCHITECTS PROGRAM AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF XXI CENTURY ARTS (MAXXI) IN ROME

stARTT’s WHATAMI to open in the Courtyard of MAXXI in June

NEW YORK, February 16, 2011—The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA PS1, and the National Museum of XXI Century Arts of Rome announce Interboro Partners of Brooklyn, NY, as the winner of the 12th annual Young Architects Program in New York, and start, of Rome, as the winner of the first annual YAP_MAXXI Young Architects Program in Rome.

WHATAMI by stARTT

Now in its 12th edition, the Young Architects Program at MoMA and MoMA PS1 has been committed to offering emerging architectural talent the opportunity to design and present innovative projects, challenging each year’s winners to develop highly innovative designs for a temporary, outdoor installation at MoMA PS1 that provides shade, seating, and water. The architects must also work within guidelines that address environmental issues, including sustainability and recycling.

WHATAMI by stARTT

For the first time, MoMA and MoMA PS1 are partnering with another institution, MAXXI in Rome, to create the first international edition of the Young Architects Program. stARTT has been chosen from among five European finalists to create an innovative event space in the MAXXI piazza opening in June.

WHATAMI by stARTT

WHATAMI by stARTT is based on the manufacturing of an artificial archipelago-hill, generating smaller green areas in the garden and potentially outside the museum. The hill works as a garden, injecting “green” into the concrete plateau of the museum’s outdoor space, allowing it to serve as a stage and/or parterre for concerts and other events, or as a space to rest and look at the museum itself.

WHATAMI by stARTT

The artificial landscape will be punctuated by large “flowers” providing light, shadow, water, and sound. The materials proposed for the installation involve a two-fold recycling process, the supplying of the materials for the construction (straw, geo-textile, plastic) and the dismantling of the “hill” (turf, lighting).

WHATAMI by stARTT

Opened in May 2010, MAXXI was designed by Zaha Hadid and awarded Royal Institute of British Architect’s (RIBA) Stirling Prize for architecture, and has already gained a place among the elite international contemporary art and architecture museums.

WHATAMI by stARTT
The other YAP_MAXXI finalists were Raffaella De Simone/Valentina Mandalari (Palermo); Ghigos Ideas (Lissone/Mi, Davide Crippa, Barbara Di Prete and Francesco Tosi); Asif Khan (London, United Kingdom); and Langarita Navarro Arquitectos (Madrid, Spain, María Langarita and Víctor Navarro).

WHATAMI by stARTT

Pippo Ciorra, Senior Curator of Architecture at MAXXI, explains, “We’re very happy with the results of this program for three main reasons. First, the collaboration with MoMA proved as effective and productive as we hoped, finally allowing us a surprising insight into the most recent research in terms of architecture, public space, and landscape.

WHATAMI by stARTT

Second, we were able to discover an unexpected positive quality of answers by the Italian and European young (under 35) architects involved in the project, all proposing fascinating, innovative and well developed proposals. Third, we’re delighted that we were able to choose a winning proposal which incorporates a MAXXI_specific approach to the issues of ecology, recycle, and public space.”

WHATAMI by stARTT


See also:

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Holding Pattern by
Interboro Partners
Afterparty by
MOS at P.S.1
Mexican Pavilion for Shanghai Expo 2010 by Slot.
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Posted on Friday, February 18th, 2011 at 11:45 am by Catherine Warmann. See our copyright policy. Before commenting, please read our comments policy.

  • nofelix

    What material are these made of that can be so rigid? If they're really built that thin they'll just have kids bending them.

    It's so artificial.

  • ajk

    zaha made the same cantilever for the MAXXI

    • jose

      c´mon read the post before comment!!!

    • IAMFINISHTHESISha.

      i cant even think of how many times i've seen that cantilever, i must've done something like that at least once in undergrad (not that theres anything wrong with it). But yea, you're right, the whole thing has a zaha vibe to it… but i guess she doesn't have exclusive rights to zippy lines and swooshing doodads.

  • alecco

    it is maxxi by zaha. did you not read the captions?

  • http://www.earthdesigns.co.uk Earth Designs

    Really love thee concept – very original and exciting, the flowers look like they could 'rain water harvest' as well/

  • anaglypher_08

    Its an interesting concept but the detail to the character of space lacks badly. Competitions generally don't demand such details but it is important to mention the materials and textures that are to be used in such projects which involve human interaction to such extents. Also, if one has to appreciate the FORM, there should be some sense of mystery and excitement attached to it, bringing variation to spaces and designing them at human scale rather than monumental plays an important role, but that too seems missing in the design. Anyways, its a great effort!