Party Wall is as much party as it is wall. For MoMA PS1's Young Architects Program, an annual series of competitions that gives upstarts an opportunity to build projects conceived for PS1's space in Long Island City, Queens, architect Caroline O'Donnell's studio CODA built an unusual pavilion that melds the fun improvisational styles of the neighborhood with the imposing frame of a Trojan horse or an AT-AT walker.
Built of recycled steel, giant water balloons, and 3,000 pieces of skateboard scrap—provided by Ithaca-based skateboard manufacturer Comet—the wall creates shade for visitors, as well as cooling pools and floating mist. True to her vision of a structure that blends into and stands outside of its context, and that serves as both a sculptural wall and a canopy for parties and lectures, the construction contains a hidden message in its shadow, where, on any given weekend children and adults can be seen attempting kickflips or lounging about.
Below, watch Caroline and CODA prepare Party Wall in a new video series by VICE and Ray-Ban.