Winner of the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program

Party Wall

CODA, a New York based firm is the winner of the 2013 MoMA Young Architects Program. Each year emerging architects are invited to develop designs for a competition to create a temporary outdoor installation. The design must provide shade, seating and water and address issues of sustainability and recycling. The installation will be located in the outdoor courtyard of MoMA PS1 and will form part of the Warm Up 2013 summer music series.

The winning project, Party Wall by CODA,  is a pavilion and flexible experimental space that uses its large-scale, linear form to provide shade for the Warm Up crowds. The porous façade is fixed to a tall self-supporting steel frame held in place with large fabric containers filled with water, and clad with a screen of interlocking wooden elements donated by Comet, an Ithaca-based manufacturer of eco-friendly skateboards.

Party Wall entry

Party Wall entry

Party Wall architectural model

Party Wall architectural model

Party Wall night view

Party Wall night view

The installation’s façade is capable of shedding its exterior, as 120 panels can be detached from the structure and used as benches and communal tables during events and programs. A shallow stage of reclaimed wood weaves around the base to create a series of micro-stages for performances. At various locations under the structure, pools of water serve as refreshing cooling stations.

The water-filled “pillows” that hold the structure in place are made of a polyester base fabric that will be lit at night to produce a luminous effect. The installation also acts as an aqueduct, carrying a stream of water along the top of the structure. The water is projected from the structure, via a pressure-tank, into a fountain that feeds a misting station and a series of pools.

The Young Architects Program is in its 14th year and is committed to promoting emerging talent. YAP offers emerging architectural talent the opportunity to design and present innovative projects, challenging each year’s winners to develop creative designs for a temporary, outdoor installation at MoMA PS1.