The winning design for this summer’s MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program was just announced, and it's made of skateboard scrap wood! Called Party Wall, the waste wood structure was designed by Ithaca, New York-based CODA (Caroline O’Donnell), and will be the 14th project in the Young Architects series. Skip to the jump to learn more about Party Wall, which will come to fruition this summer in the PS1 courtyard just in time for the Warm Up performance series.
The renderings for Party Wall show a series of steel poles clad in a woven skin of waste wood. Polyester bags filled with water will be suspended within the structure and, rather than build another canopy, CODA made sure that the height and spatial position of the wall will create a large zone of shade for the annual Warm Up performance series. The design also includes small stages at the base of the wall, delivering a variety of spaces for additional programming.
The Young Architects Program has emphasized sustainability more and more in recent years, and we were excited to see that the wood being used as the structure’s “skin” will be sourced from Ithaca-based skateboard company Comet, who is donating waste wood from their manufacturing processes. The wood Comet uses is sourced from sustainably-managed forests in the region.
Pedro Gadanho, a curator at MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design, commented, “The way that she used local resources will be something that architects will do by necessity in the future. It’s important that the Young Architects Program reflect where the profession is going.” We can’t wait to check out Party Wall for ourselves when it debuts late June 2013.