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MoMA P.S. 1 Announces Winner For Design Of New Green Architecture Project

'Party Wall'

‘Party Wall,’ an installation by the Ithaca-based architectural studio CODA, will be on display this summer at the MoMA P.S. 1 museum in Queens. (Credit: CODA)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Museum of Modern Art’s P.S. 1 in Queens this week announced the winner of its Young Architects Program, whose experimental work will be mounted at the museum this summer.

CODA, an Ithaca-based studio led by Cornell University assistant professor Caroline O’Donnell, won the contest to present architectural projects for temporary outdoor installation at the museum. In addition to points for creativity and innovation, the installations must provide shade, seating and water, and work within environmental guidelines that include sustainability and recycling.

CODA’s winning project, “Party Wall,” will open at P.S. 1, at 22-25 Jackson Ave. in Long Island City, in late June. The project was described the museum as “a pavilion and flexible experimental space that uses its large-scale, linear form to provide shade for the Warm Up crowds, in addition to other functions.”

“Party Wall” features a porous façade attached to a tall, self-supporting steel frame, which is balanced in place with fabric containers filled with water. Sketches of the design show an X-braced steel skeleton reminiscent of the well-known design of the John Hancock Center in Chicago.

The wall is covered with a screen of interlocking pieces of wood donated by Ithaca-based eco-friendly skateboard maker Comet, P.S. 1 said.

The lower part of the wooden façade for “Party Wall” can be removed and turned into benches and communal tables. A shallow stage of claimed wood also surrounds the sculpture and can be used as a stage, P.S. 1 said.

The structure is also surrounded by pools of water that can be used as cooling stations. The whole structure will also serve as an aqueduct, carrying a stream of water over the top down to a misting station and the surrounding pools.

“Party Wall” will be used for the 2013 “Warm Up” summer music series in the outdoor courtyard at P.S. 1.

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