WENDY

Shaping the Unforgettable

Text by Matthias Hollwich

Status  BUILT SUMMER & WINTER 2012

Location  NEW YORK CITY, NY & ABU DHABI, UAE

Client  MOMA PS1 & SHEIKHA SALAMA BINT HAMDAN AL NAHYAN FOUNDATION AND MASDAR

Size  5,000 SF

Team  MATTHIAS HOLLWICH, AIA  MARC KUSHNER, AIA ROBERT MAY, ADAM HOSTETLER, MATTHEW HOFFMAN, TIM AARSEN, DAVID LEE, RYAN DONAGHY, CLARE REIDY, DWIGHT ENGEL, DONGIL KIM, JAMIE ABREGO, EUNSUN PARK, BRETT WIEMANN, ANDREAS KOSTOPOULOS, ANDREAS TJELDFLAAT, EVAN LITVIN, GREGORY KNOBLOCH, GREGORY NAKATA

Photographer  MICHAEL MORAN AND IWAN BAAN

When WENDY, the MoMA PS1 installation was built, I was sitting in the courtyard of the museum, reflecting on the last few crazy weeks of work, and realized that we did not just design an architectural installation, we created something unforgettable. The project became a social media sensation, but even more so, a local celebration with visitors coming back multiple times over the summer.

When I visited the museum a year later, one of the guards recognized me, and said; “Hey Matthias, where is WENDY?” This was the moment when I realized that our work is not about a style, a theory, or a form—it is about the memories that architecture can create, which people carry with them for a very long time.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Wendy was designed during Matthias Hollwich’s partnership at Hollwich Kushner Architecture DPC, where Matthias acted as principal and lead designer.