CODA ‘skates in’ to win the 2013 MoMA/PS1 Young Architects Program
The Ithaca New York-based design firm, CODA has scooped this year’s MoMA/PS 1 Young Architects Program (YAP) competition with its proposal ‘Party Wall’. The design, which is a play on words for the ‘walls shared between different users’, features a series of perforated walls made of cast off scraps from skateboards hung on a metal armature to form spaces of varying scale and character that will serve as backdrop for the museum’s popular summer music program, Warm Up.
A shallow stage of reclaimed wood weaves around the pavilion’s base to create a series of micro-stages for performances large and small. At its feet is a series of pools fed via a gravity-oriented fountain that engages with the courtyard.
“CODA’s proposal was selected because of its clever identification and use of locally available resources - the waste products of skateboard-making - to make an impactful and poetic architectural statement within MoMA PS1’s courtyard,” said Pedro Gadanho, Curator of MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design. The other finalists for this year’s YAP were Leong Leong (New York, NY), Moorhead & Moorhead ( New York, NY), TempAgency (Charlottesville, VA, and Brooklyn, NY), and French 2D (Boston, MA, and Syracuse NY.
Now in its 14th year, the YAP is committed to offering emerging architectural talent the opportunity to design and present its ideas through a juried courtyard commission. As in previous years, the project will open in June and will remain in place for the summer months.