Party Wall: CODA's winning proposal for the 2013 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program
Both monumental and delicate, the winning design for this year's MoMA/P.S.1 Young Architects Program pavilion, called Party Wall, uses a self-supporting structure clad in woven skin of waste wood to create a shade and cooling structure for the annual Warm Up performance series. Designed by Ithaca, New York-based CODA, Party Wall is the 14th project in the Young Architects Program.
Party Wall's structure arches into the various courtyard spaces creating different zones of shade and water. Polyester bags filled with water are suspended within the structure. Small stages are placed at the base of the wall, providing a variety of spaces for programming. Ithaca-based skateboard company Comet is donating waste wood from skate boarding manufacturing, which CODA principal Caroline O'Donnell is using to create a luminous wrapper for the structure. "It's not just a lacy parametic skin," O'Donnell told AN. "There are eight different kinds of skateboard forms, and each board has its own errors, which produce surprising effects."
O'Donnell studied pervious winners and noted that most created a canopy for shade. "The first thing we did was a sun study," she said. "We then determined how tall a wall would need to be to provide shade. Just building another canopy wasn't interesting to us."
The wood the skateboard company uses is from sustainably managed forests in the region. The Young Architects Program has increasingly emphasized sustainability in recent years.
“CODA's proposal was selected because of its clever identification and use of locally available resources—the waste products of skateboard-making—to make an impactful and poetic architectural statement within MoMA PS1's courtyard,” said Pedro Gadanho, Curator in MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design, said in a statement.
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