critic: Herwig BAUMGARTNER
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project:
Sofya LAPINA & Sara MOOMSAZ: To have a performing art center in an alive city such as New York, and along an interactive passage such as its High Line, it is interesting how city and architecture would like to merge and negotiate together.
This performing art center, not only is holding two main amphitheaters but also its one outdoor theater, were designed strategically to circulate people in the space vertically and create many different experiences throughout an amazing void space. The exterior crystal articulation was designed in a way that corresponds to its interior program, which not only graces the building in some areas, but also at some moments act as an aperture to introduce light to the interior spaces—or, when they get large enough, hold programs such as rehearsal spaces or music stations. This piece of architecture was designed with delicacy of NYC High Line, making this piece a part of visitors’ interacting with the space.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
SL & SM: Herwig Baumgartner, Thom Mayne, Hernan Diaz Alonso.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
SL & SM: Watching Middle Eastern and Indian movies and American documentaries. Listening to Classical opera and Persian music (Radio Javan).
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
SL & SM: B+U, Xefirotarch, OMA, FPMod, Neri Oxman, Belzberg architects.