New York, NY
The Architectural League Prize (formerly known as the Young Architects Award) is awarded annually by the Architectural League of New York to recognize a small group of exceptional architectural practices located in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. PellOverton was recipient of the award in 2008, and was invited to design a site-specific installation at the Urban Center Galleries in New York. We used the opportunity to explore a series of themes which were under development in the office at the time, in preparation for our exhibition entitled “Passive Aggressive” to be held at the Bridge Gallery later that year. The Young Architects installation is comprised of four elements found in the Passive Aggressive design: a back-lit plexiglass panel with a translucent red “cocktail party” camouflage pattern on the front and an opaque vinyl pattern on the back; a series of plexiglass panels, c-printed on the front with full-scale photographs of peace lilies, and laser cut with a peace lily pattern through which living peace lilies grow; a more formally-patterned, 5 foot square, peace lily vinyl floor graphic; and a custom fabricated mirror-finished stainless steel pedestal with integral peace lily planter. Although limited to a condensed version of the Passive Aggressive design, the Young Architects installation successfully demonstrated a range of material and visual effects to be presented in a larger format in the upcoming show.