CODA, an architecture firm based in Ithaca, NY, was announced as the winners of the 2013 Young Architects Program at MoMA's PS1 in Long Island City, Queens. The project entitled "Party Wall" is a new installation that is constructed from eco-friendly skateboards that have been turned into interlocking forms and houses water features throughout it's structure.
As CODA describes its installation:
"The structure is a steel-angle structure, ballasted by water bladders. These pillars are filled with onsite water during construction. The lighting strategy adds luminosity to the pillows, and produces a glowing effect."
A really amazing feature of the installation is the flexibility of the structure via its removable benches, mini-platforms, pools, and adjustable canopy, which really breathes life into its nomenclature the "Party Wall." The structure will be able to seat guests, play host to lectures, and even withstand the crowded masses of PS1's incredibly successful Warm Up Series.
According to Pedro Gadanho, curator in MoMA's Department of Architecture and Design, the feature was selected as the winner of the program for its "clever identification and use of of locally available resources - the waste products of skateboard-making - to make an impactful and poetic architectural statement within MoMA PS1's courtyard. Party Wall arches over the various available spaces...while making evident that even the most unexpected materials can always be reinvented to originate architectural form and its ability to communicate with the public."
The structure is expected to be complete late June, just in time for this year's Warm Up series.