Jenny Sabin Studio Wins MoMA PS1 2017 Young Architects Program

Lumen is composed of a tubular lattice canopy of recycled, photo-luminescent, and solar active textiles. Image Courtesy of Jenny Sabin Studio

Ithaca, New York–based Jenny Sabin Studio has been announced as the winner of the 18th iteration of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and MoMA PS1’s annual Young Architects Program for the project entitled Lumen. Set to debut on June 27 in the MoMA PS1 courtyard in Long Island City, the immersive design—composed of a tubular lattice canopy of recycled, photo-luminescent, and solar active textiles—will evolve over the course of a day, providing a shaded reprieve from the sun during the daytime and an illuminated glow after sunset.


Image Courtesy of Jenny Sabin Studio

Featuring a highly responsive fabric that was initially developed by Sabin for Nike, the canopy reacts to changes in light by absorbing, collecting, and releasing it, while also holding the shape of a passerby’s shadow. “Jenny Sabin’s catalytic immersive environment, Lumen, captured the jury’s attention for imaginatively merging public and private spaces,” said Sean Anderson, Associate Curator in MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design. “With innovative construction and design processes borne from a critical merging of technology and nature to precise attention to detail at every scale, Lumen will no doubt engage visitors from day to night in a series of graduated environments and experiences.”

Selected from a pool of five finalists, Lumen will serve as a temporary urban landscape for the 20th season of MoMA PS1’s annual outdoor music series Warm Up, and will remain on view throughout the summer.