YAP_Maxx Young Architects Program

Claudio Castaldo, Francesco Colangeli, and Simone Capra of stARTT.

The inaugural YAP_MAXXI Young Architects Program, a partnership between MoMA and PS1 in New York and the Zaha Hadid–designed National Museum of XXI Century Arts of Rome, kicks off with the project WHATAMI by stARTT.

stARTT's founders Simone Capra and Claudio Castaldo greened the concrete courtyard with a series of turf-covered islands made out of straw bales and dirt. When the project is over, materials such as straw, geotextile membranes, and plastic reused for local improvements.

The center island is fixed in place, but the seven smaller islands can be moved around for concerts and events.

Eighteen fiberglass "flowers" grown out of the turf islands.

At over 16 feet tall and equipped with light fixtures, the fiberglass flowers provide shade during the day and illumination come evening.

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