Young architects take on New York

by Darren

The New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and MoMA PS1 announced CODA as the winner of the annual Young Architects Programme (YAP) Award in New York.

CODA, an Ithaca-based design firm helmed by Cornell professor Caroline O’Donnell, won this year’s Young Architects Programme Award with its designs for a party pavilion of recycled skateboard wood.

Now in its 14th edition, the Young Architects Programme at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and MoMA PS1 offers emerging architectural talent the opportunity to design and present innovative projects. MoMA PS1 was founded in 1971 by Alanna Heiss as the Institute for Art and Urban Resources Inc., an organisation with the mission of turning abandoned, underutilised buildings in New York City into artist studios and exhibition spaces.

The competition challenges young architects to enter creative designs that will be used as a temporary outdoor installation at MoMA PS1 that provides shade, seating and water during the Summer Warm Up-parties. The architects must also work within guidelines that address environmental issues, including sustainability and recycling.

Party Wall

The winning design is aptly called the Party Wall. The structure’s shade comes from its height, rather than from built canopies, as was the case with previous years’ designs. Stages are built into the Party Wall’s base, while sacks of water hang within the structure, which are meant to soak passers-by at random intervals. This adds an element of unexpected fun to the structure.

The Party Wall’s porous facade is affixed to a tall self-supporting steel frame, which is balanced with large fabric containers filled with water, and clad with a screen of interlocking wooden elements made from recycled skateboards. The “pillows” also lit up to produce a luminous effect at night.

The 120 panels on the lower portion of the facade can be detached from the structure and used as tables during the Summer Warm Up.

 Pedro Gadanho, curator at MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design, says: “CODA’s proposal was selected because of its clever identification and use of locally available resources, like the waste products of skateboard-making, to make an impactful and poetic architectural statement within MoMA PS1’s courtyard. The Party Wall arches over the various available spaces, activating them for different purposes, while making it evident that even the most unexpected materials can always be reinvented to originate architectural form and its ability to communicate with the public.”

Full thanks and acknowledgement are given to www.moma.org for the information given to write this article.

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