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Ithaca, New York-based CODA (Caroline O’Donnell) was chosen as the winner of the 14th Young Architects Program series back in January. Over the past few years, YAP has increasingly valued the use of sustainable or reclaimed materials in their selection of the winning pavilion, and CODA’s “Party Wall” fit the bill with its “skin” made of waste wood from the skateboarding manufacturing process. The material, which gives the pavilion its unique, perforated look was donated by Ithaca-based skateboard company Comet. The wood itself was also sourced from sustainably-managed forests in the region.

So far, the main shade structure appears to be largely done, and the blue polyester bags filled with water have been suspended within the wall. Even though the wall seems to only take up a thin portion of the courtyard, CODA conducted several studies to maximize the amount of shade it will be able to provide (very important considering how hot the yard gets when it’s packed with people for summer performances).

Party Wall is expected to debut in late June 2013. We can’t wait to see the finished product!


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