This past Thursday, PS1 — the Museum of Modern Art’s younger, more experimental offshoot — officially unveiled their temporary installation Party Wall, by NY based architecture firm CODA Studios. The project was the winner of the annual Young Architects Program (YAP) design competition, and the structure was launched with an intimate gathering of art and architecture lovers.
The 14th edition of the Young Architects Program at MoMA and MoMA PS1, this yearly contest was created to offer emerging architectural talent the opportunity to conceptualize and construct innovative projects, and design a temporary outdoor installation providing shade, seating, and water for ongoing PS1 events. Working with guidelines addressing environmental issues, sustainability, and recycling, this year’s contest winner, Party Wall, is a pavilion and flexible experimental space meant to both provide shade for the Warm Up summer concert series crowds, and act as a smartly designed multi-functional space to enhance the rest of the summer events programming.
Catered by M.Wells, PS1′s in-house restaurant, guests mingled with glasses of white wine in one hand and fresh ceviche and Mexican corn in the other. Meanwhile, younger guests were more proactive about beating the humidity: jumping into the small pools set up as part of the installation and running under the built-in “misting” system.
Truly an homage to summer, Party Wall contains panels donated by Comet, an Ithaca-based manufacturer of eco-friendly skateboards, that detach and double as functional wooden benches.
The structure also features water-filled “pillows” made that lit up as the light dimmed. The wall itself acts as a waterway carrying a stream of water along a built-in aqueduct at the top that feeds water into the misting tank and various pools.
As well, sadly for the launch only, members of Cornell’s undergrad Architecture program dressed as unofficial cabana boys in short shorts and hot pink shirts and “demonstrated” how one could lounge on the shaded decks.
Check out the video below for an in-depth look at Party Wall:
All the pictures taken above were snapped on the new Nokia Lumia 928, whose low-light camera and built in filters were able to help us catch the subtle changes in the fading light and whose extended battery life helped us capture the entirety of a memorable evening outside and away from any charging outlet.
Summer is a season where as much of our time as possible is spent outdoors, and it’s great to have a phone that can follow us there.