Contemplating the void: JDS


During 2009 the celebrated its 50th anniversary. And now, the museum commissioned nearly 200 artists, architects and designers to imagine their dream interventions on the most significative space of Frank Lloyd Wright’s building, the central void. “Contemplating the void” will be on exhibit at the Museum from Feb 12th until Apr 28th.

We are going to present you some of the interventions proposed by the architects, starting with “Experience the void” by danish practice JDS.

JDS/Julien De Smedt Architects proposal is architecture turned into enjoyment and participation. Instead of contemplating the void we propose to experience it by letting a trampoline net spiral down the rotunda space.  The experience plays with Wright’s original scenography for the Guggenheim: to visit the exhibition downwards.

The below image corresponds to the project featured on the new book by JDS “Agenda: Can We Sustain Our Ability to Crisis?“, published by ACTAR. Expect a review soon.

Cite: Basulto, David. "Contemplating the void: JDS" 16 Feb 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
  • Mujava

    Wow, what a spectacularly fun-filled use of the space!

  • phishfood

    cool idea.

    Legality will kill it. can you imagine little jimmy bouncing around and hitting his head? think of the children please

  • Zane

    It’s BRILLIANT!!!!! Please!!!! Oh yeah and it is a MUSEUM, therefore, little jimmy should be on a leash, and people spelling fish with a ph should be shot.

  • Karlis

    replacing the emptiness of the void with public activity! best intervention seen in a while (if not ever)

  • groove

    like it


    RT @archdaily: Contemplating the void: JDS

  • sdf

    space – yes
    people acting like it was playground in a museum – no

  • Małgorzata

    Is this net going to be there forever?
    Should be.

  • that’s what she

    i went to the museum this december for the first time…i really wish this was there, it was the only experience that i really missed out…LOVE IT!

  • lorebini

    It’s interesting to see how this competition, being directed to architects and artists, generated very different proposals.I like this proposal from JDS beacuse it’s crazy, but buildable.

  • Cobra

    JDS is a Belgian practice with offices in Brussels, Copenhagen and Oslo and the correct link to their website is:

    Love the project.

  • nitneuq

    quiet the same but maybe muche more acceptable :

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    Slightly off the subject maybe, but a plea for people to consider the ethics of purchasing cheap trampolines. Please try and think about, for example, the materials your item is made from, the conditions of the employees where they’re made and the green credentials of the retailer. Oh, and try to recycle your trampoline instead of discarding. Thanks!!!!