Plant life is growing and the eco-bricks at the bottom of the Hy-Fi tower at PS1 have begun the early stages of composting. This week the tower is beginning its final breakdown.
Hy-Fi, the winning project of The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s 2014 Young Architects Program, opened on June 27, 2014 in the MoMA PS1 courtyard. A circular tower of organic and reflective bricks that uses biological technologies combined with cutting-edge computation and engineering, the structure is made of biodegradable material and was created through a new method of bio-design conceived by its designer, David Benjamin of New York-based architects The Living.
Now in its 15th edition, the Young Architects Program (YAP) at MoMA and MoMA PS1 offers emerging architectural talent the opportunity to design and present innovative projects, challenging each year’s winners to develop creative 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. Hy-Fi provided a temporary urban structure for the 2014 Warm Up summer music series, which began on June 28, and for MoMA PS1 visitors throughout the summer.
The structure, which is made of corn stalk and mushroom root eco-bricks on the bottom and 3M Specular Film bricks on the top, has begun early stages of composting while plant life grows inside of the tower. The top 3M bricks directed sunlight down through the structure over the course of the summer to aid this growth, creating miniature crops grown in compost from the organic bricks.
As the structure has been gradually disassembled, some bricks have been moved to non-profit Build It Green for composting, while others remain on site to show the power of these materials in action. The reflective 3M bricks remain a constant at the top of the shrinking structure to continually power the new plant life.