Party Wall – CODA – MOMA PS1


Today we are stepping away from the realm for academic architecture, to take a look at an up and coming young architecture design studio, CODA, who recently was selected the annual MOMA PS1 winner.  Young Architects Program at MoMA and MoMA PS1 is committed to offering 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.  CODA’s “Party Wall” sustainable and recycling approach re-uses skateboard bi products to create large shading screen within the PS1 site.  F+ is looking forward to checking it out this summer, but you can check out more after the jump!

MOMA PS1 – Young Architects Program
YEAR: 2013


“At CODA, we believe that architecture should be reactive to context, just as an organism evolves in relation to its site. PS1’s context has defined this project through analysis of:  The visible context: the walls and billboards that make up Long Island City’s skyline – The climatic context: the rotation of the sun around the courtyard in summer months. The new site boundary: the medium-sized courtyard building being amputated this year for an installation by Francesco Vezzoli, about which we know nothing except the precise location of the courtyard’s entry. The previous winners, which favor a horizontal canopy scheme in order to provide the “shade” required in the brief – And finally, the longstanding brief: which requests an “environmentally-friendly urban landscape” which provides “shade, water and seating” is expanded this year with a second brief: Expo 1: New York, which requests a “flexible experimental space” for a diverse range of programs from classes to concerts. These programs have in common some aspect of performance.

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Party Wall is a vertical shade that creates space by the shadow that it casts; that acts as a stage-set for a series of micro-performances, and that sheds its skin in order to accommodate those events. Weaving together the “bones” and “blanks” that are the byproduct of eco-friendly skateboard company Comet Skateboards, Party Wall creates a porous facade that is inhabitable at a range of scales. At its feet, a series of pools is fed via a gravity-operated fountain that engages with the “church” courtyard. Ballasted by glowing water pillows and using structure by Banker Steel, the structure engages both the urban scale and the scale of the courtyard.

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Party Wall responds to these contextual constraints by rethinking the horizontal canopy: instead, it is flipped and becomes a vertical shading device, which reconnects it to its visual and climatic contexts.” – CODA

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