HARRISON GREEN was engaged to problem-solve for an unsightly roof area atop MoMA’s iconic International Style Building. The brief included some strict limitations including a stringent weight limit, no structural attachments, minimal (if any) ongoing maintenance, no irrigation, and the use of live plant material was strongly discouraged.
Close up of row of cubed bushes
Cubed bushes
Following the established precedent for pattern-making on other parts of the museum roof, it was important that the design felt appropriate to the building whilst not attracting too much attention. Given the space is mostly viewed from afar, it was critical that the installation worked from a number of vantage points. Based on the concept of a ‘pixel’, a strict grid of square Buxus ‘hedges’ built out of artificial turf are arranged to create a layered patchwork of green. The vibrancy of the installation brings interest to a space otherwise forgotten.
“By working through a series of gridded pixel patterns, Harrison Green was able to design a sustainable, low maintenance and low weight-bearing installation, engaging the viewer perspective by manipulating height, pattern and textural elements.”

Project Credits

MoMA & Starwood Capital Group Client
Nicholas Calcott Photographer

This project was featured in Architect Magazine