It’s a project after Andrew W.K.’s own heart. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and MoMA PS1 announced CODA as the winner of the 14th=annual Young Architects Program. CODA, the firm of Ithaca, N.Y. –based architect Caroline O’Donnell, will install its temporary "Party Wall" pavilion for the popular summer program.
When it is completed at PS1 in Long Island City, N.Y., "Party Wall" will feature a self-supporting steel frame balanced by large fabric containers of water. The structure will be clad with a screen of wooden pieces donated by Comet, an Ithaca-based skateboard manufacturer.
From its title to its series of micro-stages for performances, "Party Wall" is built to fit the summer-time vibe that PS1 has developed with its Young Architects Program. For last year’s project, HWKN’s critically acclaimed "Wendy" pavilion served as a popular backdrop to the PS1’s summer concert series. "Wendy" was successful enough to travel internationally: The air-purifying echinoderm made its international debut at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week on Jan. 13 and will be on view in the United Arab Emirates through Feb. 6.
“Party Wall” will be a central feature in the PS1's "Warm Up" concerts and other events. The water-filled “pillows,” for example, provide structural stability but will also be illuminated at night for visual effect, while some of the reclaimed skateboard panels can be detached and used as seating.
The other finalists for this year’s Young Architects Program include Leong Architects, Moorhead & Moorhead, TempAgency, and French 2D.