P.S.1 YAP 2011 entry: “Ghost House” by IJP Corporation Architects

Perspective view of Ghost House © IJP Corporation Architects
Perspective view of Ghost House ©

As we reported last week, Interboro Partners’ “Holding Pattern” was selected as the winner of the 2011 YAP organized by the MoMA and the MoMA P.S.1. As usual, and in order to extend the debate, we are presenting you the running entries.

We present you “Ghost House” by London-based firm IJP Corporation Architects, a light-weight installation with a counter-intuitive material structure exuding an aura of mystery and wonder. A representation of contemporary living, to be built almost entirely with tensed rope to enclose spaces that relate to how we live.

More about Ghost House:

Overall view of model © IJP Corporation Architects
Overall view of model © IJP Corporation
Perspective view of main courtyard © IJP Corporation Architects
Perspective view of main courtyard © IJP Corporation Architects

GhostHouse is about domesticity. It expresses the tension in our minds between the bustling excitement of the contemporary spaces we live in, and our persistent yearning for a log cabin in the woods –a timeless, traditional house.

Detailed view of dining room (model) © IJP Corporation Architects
Detailed view of dining room (model) © IJP Corporation Architects
Perspective view of dining room © IJP Corporation Architects
Perspective view of dining room © IJP Corporation Architects

The installation is divided into 3 parts. The main triangular courtyard accommodates three open rooms dedicated to the spirit of modern living. These large spaces offer fluid dining, sitting, and bathing experiences (the time-honored water feature of PS1 is reinvented as a cluster of second-hand bathtubs). In keeping with a contemporary aesthetic, there are no doors or windows to these rooms; visitors enter or exit though missing walls.

Detailed view of TV room (foreground of the model) © IJP Corporation Architects
Detailed view of TV room (foreground of the model) © IJP Corporation Architects
Detailed view Ghost House (model) © IJP Corporation Architects
Detailed view Ghost House (model) © IJP Corporation Architects

The mid-sized rectangular courtyard accommodates the ethereal structure that gives the entire installation its name: the ghost house. In this courtyard we simply tried to create what most visitors would readily recognize as a house. Given our chosen technique of tensioning ropes back to the bolt holes of the surrounding concrete walls, our low-fidelity house offers only the minimum features of house-ness: a pitched roof, an eve, and a chimney.
Finally, the third and smallest courtyard serves as a TV room.

The Ghost house uses 5,000 meters of 32mm blue polypropylene rope, pulleys and ratchet straps © IJP Corporation Architects
The Ghost house uses 5,000 meters of 32mm blue polypropylene rope, pulleys and ratchet straps © IJP Corporation Architects
Detail of rope meeting wall (side courtyard) © IJP Corporation Architects
Detail of rope meeting wall (side courtyard) © IJP Corporation Architects

97% of the proposal is made of rope. The rope carries nothing but its own weight, making the installation safe and robust. We chose to work with 32mm blue, red, and white polypropylene. This light and flexible plastic polymer is commonly used in clothing and packaging, and is easily recycled. In 1995, Christo and Jeanne-Claude used the same cobalt-blue, 32mm-thick braid to tie the wrapping of the Reichstag.

Team Credits:

George L. Legendre and Mark Lewis for IJP, London.
Images by Nicola Cotti for IJP.
Paul Scott and Christian Tygoer for Adams Kara Taylor Consulting Civil and Structural Engineers, London.
Bryan Donaldson for High Performance (circus riggers), London.

Cite: Basulto, David. "P.S.1 YAP 2011 entry: “Ghost House” by IJP Corporation Architects" 22 Feb 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=113959>
  • whodat!

    more diagonal rope configurations that provided shading wouldive made sense.

    • yeah

      whodatgurl?

  • nomad

    i am going to guess that the other two entries were also rope configurations. did p.s.1 state in their brief that it must be rope? i know the budget has been cut since recent years but after such great interventions in the past, this group seems lackluster. that happens when in the past p.s.1 has spoiled us with great entries.

    • http://architectureev.blogspot.com Jeffry Burchard

      Yes, Nomad, more rope. But apparently the budget was so tiny that p.s.1 required only standard non-dyed/colored rope. I bet YAP is regretting all of their decisions to exceed the RFP expectations. That’s what happens when you try to impress the judges… tisk, tisk.

  • bLogHouse

    to come up with a concept like that in 2010, sure, is worth something.
    to know that the “ghost house” concept has already been done 35 years ago by Robert Venturi and rethink your concept – priceless.
    http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/pennsylvania/philadelphia/venturighost/ghost.html