Torqueing Spheres by IK Studio
Courtesy Architectural League of New York Torqueing Spheres by IK Studio


Cambridge- and Philadelphia-based IK Studio has won the 2015 Folly Program with Torqueing Spheres, a proposal designed for New York’s Socrates Sculpture Park. The project innovatively intertwines a series of sculpted forms into a meandering, curved folly that encourages social interaction.

The proposed sculpture, designed by IK Studio founders Mariana Ibañez and Simon Kim, juxtaposes two geometric concepts—simple straight lines with complex spheres—to produce deep, self-supporting chambers that play off of traditional architectural geometries. The structural strategy implements a cost-effective technique that involves bending plywood.

Submissions were evaluated by a panel of five esteemed architects and artists including: David Benjamin of The Living; architect Leslie Gill; Sheila Kennedy of Kennedy & Violich Architecture; artist Alyson Shotz; and Socrates Sculpture Park’s executive director, John Hatfield.

The Folly Program, the Architectural League of New York’s annual, juried competition for emerging architects and designers, was launched in 2012 and creates the opportunity for early-career architects to design and build a project in an urban, public realm.

Torqueing Spheres will be on view at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, N.Y. from May 17 to August 30, with an opening day preview from 3-6 p.m.

Torqueing Spheres by IK Studio
Courtesy Architectural League of New York Torqueing Spheres by IK Studio