Pedro & Juana’s Hórama Rama

The winners of the 20th annual Young Architects Program discuss how their project brings a jungle to Queens.
MoMA June 27, 2019

“In the end it is about the experience.” Ana Paula Ruiz Galindo and Mecky Reuss of Pedro & Juana discuss Hórama Rama, this year’s winner of MoMA and MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program (YAP). Each year, an emerging architect or team is selected to design and realize a temporary outdoor structure in the MoMA PS1 courtyard that provides shade, seating, and water.

We sat with the duo during the installation of their immersive junglescape, complete with waterfall, set within a 40-foot-high, 90-foot-wide cyclorama, a throwback to the circular, panoramic structures designed in the 18th and 19th centuries to provide a 360-degree viewing experience. Using handwoven features and imagery from Mérida, Yucatan, they hope to create a new environment of cultural exchange: “Things are constantly happening in the world and we are totally interconnected and we wanted to play with that idea…that’s why we brought the jungle into Queens.” In this video, Ruiz Galindo and Reuss share their vision for how the structure will function throughout MoMA PS1’s Warm Up summer music festival, and how it alters the changing horizon of the neighborhood.

Bellow are images of the completed architectural installation.

Hórama Rama by Pedro & Juana, presented as part of the Young Architects Program 2019 at MoMA PS1. Photo: © Rafael Gamo
Hórama Rama by Pedro & Juana, presented as part of the Young Architects Program 2019 at MoMA PS1. Photo: © Rafael Gamo
Hórama Rama by Pedro & Juana, presented as part of the Young Architects Program 2019 at MoMA PS1. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kris Graves
Hórama Rama by Pedro & Juana, presented as part of the Young Architects Program 2019 at MoMA PS1. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kris Graves
Hórama Rama by Pedro & Juana, presented as part of the Young Architects Program 2019 at MoMA PS1. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kris Graves
Hórama Rama by Pedro & Juana, presented as part of the Young Architects Program 2019 at MoMA PS1. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kris Graves
Hórama Rama by Pedro & Juana, presented as part of the Young Architects Program 2019 at MoMA PS1. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kris Graves
Hórama Rama by Pedro & Juana, presented as part of the Young Architects Program 2019 at MoMA PS1. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kris Graves

Hórama Rama is on view at MoMA PS1 June 28–September 2, 2019.