VIDEO – New York, N.Y. – The winner of this year’s Young Architects Program (YAP) at MoMA PS1 is COSMO by Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation. COSMO was the sixteenth installation in the series. The work was housed in the museum’s courtyard from June 23–September 7, 2015.

Working within environmental guidelines that emphasize sustainability and recycling, YAP designs must provide shade, seating, and water for Warm Up, the annual summer music series held in MoMA PS1’s outdoor courtyard.

Transparent irrigation components composed COSMO, bringing to light the hidden infrastructure of pipes that support urban environments. The installation was engineered to gradually filter and purify a volume of 3,000 gallons of water in four-day cycles, which allowed the water to become increasingly purified. As this occured, the plastic mesh of the structure began to glow.

With the design, Andrés Jaque calls attention to the pressing issue of water scarcity while creating a prototype that could be employed to produce drinking water around the world.

The other four finalists were brillhart architecture (Jacob Brillhart), Erin Besler, The Bittertang Farm (Michael Loverich), and Studio Benjamin Dillenburger (Benjamin Dillenburger and Michael Hansmeyer). This past summer MoMA, presented an exhibition of all five proposals.

Video courtesy MoMA PS1.