KEN SMITH WORKSHOP

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

URBANISM

ART

 Roof Garden, Museum of Modern Art, NYC

Start Date: 2002

Completion Date: 2005

 

Museum of Modern Art, client

Yoshio Taniguchi, architect

Kohn Pederson Fox, architect

 

Peter Mauss / ESTO, photography

Ken Smith designed this art-oriented roof garden for the new Taniguchi-designed addition to the museum.  The design of the roof garden appropriates the visual vocabulary of military camouflage to create a garden that simultaneously disguises the roof while making it highly visible.  The design also provides commentary on the nature of landscape with its manipulation of scale and use of natural and simulated materials.  The material palette includes recycled rubber chips, crushed glass, crushed marble stone, artificial boulders and artificial boxwood shrubs.

A Rooftop Garden With Synthetic Green,

The New York Times, November 11, 2004

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