jesse lecavalier presents immersive pavilion made of logistic materials at MoMA PS1

jesse lecavalier’s ‘shelf life’ redirects the physical stuff of logistics to make an immersive pavilion out of elements from this significant — but often removed — part of everyday life. even though most of us engage logistics in some way almost daily, rarely do we encounter its spaces, materials, or atmospheres in a direct way. ‘shelf life’ works to close this gap by transforming the elements of logistics into a lively and interactive design that completely fills the MoMA PS1 courtyard with more than 140 industrial pallet racks to support a myriad of community activities.


jesse lecavalier’s ‘shelf life’ redirects the physical stuff of logistics to make an immersive pavilion

american based designer and author jesse lecavalier‘s project is an assemblage of three repurposed types of elements: racks, tracks, and stacks. while these are familiar objects, their reconfiguration into a massive array creates exciting atmospheres and the potential for new activities that subvert that ordinariness. this large installation is flexible and generous, capable of accommodating crowds of 5,000 people for the summer MoMA ps1 warm up concert series while also creating more intimate places for lectures, performances and everyday use by the community.


jesse lecavalier’s project is an assemblage of three repurposed types of elements

the racks form an enveloping matrix of aisles and cross-aisles. at almost three-stories high, they peek over the 15 foot-high ps1 perimeter wall and invite the community to enter the courtyard. selective removal of rack elements generates a curated selection of gathering spaces that visitors can discover while exploring the project. through some simple structural inventions and through economical use of existing walls, the pre-engineered elements can be bundled together to offset bracing requirements at the ground level. this effectively allows the ground plane to appear open while the massive structure floats overhead, almost like a forest canopy.


the racks form an enveloping matrix of aisles and cross-aisles

the stacks are custom furniture built into the racks from off-the-shelf components. they provide a range of possibilities for inhabitation, from socially-activating uses like ping pong tables to more contemplative and relaxing activities like hammocks and lounge chairs. the furniture elements are integrated into the design to create possibilities for more intimate experiences while still supporting the large open clearings provided for larger gatherings.


the stacks are custom furniture built into the racks from off-the-shelf components

once the summer is over, the elements of shelf life are disassembled and reintegrated into the logistics streams from which they were initially appropriated. we imagine the space of shelf life to be both recognizable and elusive. the project is a social and experiential infrastructure that uses the physical material of logistics to invite exploration, discovery, and reflection on familiar elements assembled in a surprising and new context.


once the summer is over, the elements of shelf life are disassembled and reintegrated into the logistics stream


this effectively allows the ground plane to appear open while the massive structure floats overhead


the project is a social and experiential infrastructure that uses the physical material of logistics


pavilion structure


multiple uses


assembly


racks and tracks


floor plan

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edited by: apostolos costarangos | designboom

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