New Museum Exhibit Features Window FilmJuly 9th, 2014 by Casey Flores
David Benjamin, founder of The Living, and winner of the Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) 15th annual Young Architects Program (YAP), will unveil Hy-Fi, a biodesign installation constructed with organic bricks and reflective window films.
Benjamin used 3M’s highly reflective window films to create a mirrored effect for a visual effect on the outside of the tower, while diverting and bouncing light through the inside to illuminate the space. The combination of these materials accomplishes The Living’s original project goal: to create a structure from materials that require as little waste, energy and carbon emissions as possible, while delivering an inviting space for MoMA PS1 visitors.
“The YAP exhibition is an opportunity to expand sustainable thinking and cross-pollinate ideas between architecture, design, science and technology. We were thrilled to collaborate with The Living to use our materials in new ways,” says 3M business development manager, George Levendusky.
“This material solves design problems with its high-performance qualities but also provides a mesmerizing aesthetic atmosphere,” says Benjamin of the window film.
In the structure, specular film bricks are positioned at the top of the tower, bouncing sunrays down through the structure at a rate of 98.5% reflectivity per bounce for a kaleidoscope of light. The compostable building will trap cool air in the bottom where visitors will congregate and push hot air out of the open top of the circular towers.
Hy-Fi by The Living will be on display from June 27 – September 7 2014 at MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, N.Y. The exhibit is open 12 – 6 p.m., Thursday through Monday, closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.