The architect John Beckmann, of the firm Axis Mundi, is promoting an alternative to the Jean Nouvel tower
MoMA has commissioned as a part of its continuing expansion. I don't see the folks at the museum, or their development partner, jettisoning Nouvel's plan, nor should they, especially for what is—let's face it—a rather half-baked amalgam of several projects
by the Dutch firm MVRDV and any number of Archigram-era visions
. (MoMA, for what it's worth, has actually built its own wonderfully hirsute
bit of crazy at PS1.) So fine, Beckmann's scheme is nuts. Nevertheless, I find it irresistible. How can you not love it? Hanging gardens. Stairwells in the sky. A giant jigsaw of a building. Weirdness. Who would not want to explore this cartoon structure? Modernism (and that Vader-like Nouvel building in particular), is all too often impersonal and intimidating, but one suspects even Jacques Tati would be happy in this place
. Certainly it's better than the banality
that is Rafael Vinoly's latest addition to the Cleveland Museum of Art. A few more pics after the jump.