Roof Deck at MoMA PS1

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Roof Deck at MoMA PS1

Adjacencies, New Haven
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Yale University School of Architecture

    Project Team:
  1. Erin Besler
  2. Ian Besler
  3. Chase Galis
    Exhibition Curator:
  1. Nate Hume
Inscriptions, Cambridge
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The Druker Gallery, Harvard Graduate School of Design

    Project Team:
  1. Erin Besler
  2. Ian Besler
    Exhibition Curators:
  1. K. Michael Hays
  2. Andrew Holder
Authenticity, New York City
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The Architectural League Prize group exhibition, The Architectural League of New York, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons The New School for Design

    Press Coverage:
  1. Archinect
    Project Team:
  1. Erin Besler
  2. Ian Besler
MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program
    Press Coverage:
  1. Architect Magazine
  2. Architectural Digest
  3. Architizer
  4. Artnet News
  5. Designboom
  6. Metropolis
    Project Team:
  1. Jamie Barron
  2. Erin Besler
  3. Ian Besler
  4. Kyle Branchesi
  5. Ryan Conroy
  6. Chris Gassaway
  7. Devin Koba
  8. Ingrid Lao
  9. Bernhard Luthringshausen
  10. Tori McKenna
  11. Dami Olufowoshe
  12. Tom Pompeani
  13. Sai Rojanapirom
  14. Shane Reiner-Roth
  15. Evi Temmel
  16. Tessa Watson
    Engineering Team: Walter P Moore, Los Angeles:
  1. Kais Al-Rawi
  2. Steve Lewis
  3. Bo Ying Liu
  4. Greg Otto
  5. Frank Reppi
  6. Sanjeev Tankha
  7. Viswanath Urala
    Model Photography:
  1. Walker Olesen

The roof occupies a fundamental position in architecture, creating inhabitable space both above and below. Perhaps no example better underscores this fact than block party vernacular. We commonly hear admonitions to “raise the roof,” to “tear the roof off,” and, even more hyperbolically, that the “roof is on fire.” Through these expressions, revelry is compounded with acts of architectural revision. Roof Deck repositions MoMA PS1’s existing roof and refits it into the courtyard, where it is activated as a social space across a spectrum of programs and experiences—from celebrity yoga to ecstatic celebration, from the collection of construction materials to exhibition through social media. Along with the summertime impulse to flaunt and reveal is the struggle to be fit and get in shape. Paralleling this, the roof is made fit and is also the site of performance and physical fitness programming on the roof deck.

The construction of the roof and deck exploit the tendency to accumulate waste that building practices typically produce. Rather than discard material remnants off-site, excess is cut and refit into the project for use. The roof’s gutter system redirects water that would otherwise go to waste into a collection and retention system – turning an otherwise mundane aspect of exterior architectural drainage into a feature with water fit for use. Borrowing from the language of the architectural building site, the always-in-process roof is made more fit as uses change and tempos shift.

Roof Deck (model photograph), MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, 2015, New York
Model photograph.
Roof Deck (model photograph), MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, 2015, New York
Model photograph.
Roof Deck (construction sequence), MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, 2015, New York
Construction sequence.
Roof Deck (party deck model photograph), MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, 2015, New York
Model photograph (party deck).
Model photograph (section).
Roof Deck (water circulation system detail photograph), MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, 2015, New York
Water circulation system (detail).
Roof Deck (model photograph), MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, 2015, New York
Model photograph (section).
Roof Deck (water circulation system detail photograph), MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, 2015, New York
Water circulation system (detail).