Collage of Concept Illustration (bubble diagram with connecting lines, center), Model Map showing location of site (far right), and diagrams showing concept of forms (lower left).
This was a group project consisting of three architect majors, and two interior design majors. We were given two empty lots in lower east side Manhattan right across the Brooklyn Bridge. The major basis of this project was that the majority of the structure of the program had to be timber construction. Not all but most of the structure had to be timber/wood. Another criteria given to us, was that the program must consist of; 300 housing units, a market, an Andy Warhol museum, and recreational facilities.
As we dissected the transect of the island of Manhattan and the out lying areas of Brooklyn near by, we noticed the need for connectivity. whether it be pedestrian, cultural, artistic, or even agricultural, there was a need for this sense of connection at this intersection. There was a subway station at the northwest corner of the site and another one two blocks west from that. So there was already an underlying presence of connectivity through public transportation. We wanted to aid this connectivity by making this site an artistic and cultural node for the city and this specifically this region of Manhattan. Another major connection node was that of the newly established Low Line which happens to run parallel to the site under the main highway. Now there are connection nodes of physical, the seen, the unseen, above ground, below ground, and the metaphoric cultural affiliations.
Image of early development of program and site. (showing entrance to the low line)
The form of the program for the living sector is a kind of interpolation of Le Corbusier's Cite Radieuse, and that of the liking of Zaha Hadid and Modern Swedish design. The museum followed the flow of the Skywalk, and was mainly program driven, but the form can be said to follow Zaha-like aesthetics.
To aid in this connectivity, and making this site a node of intersection, we designed this Skywalk to bring the axes of the public transportation sector of the subway station and the Brooklyn Bridge together. The inflow of the new wave of culture going on in modern day Brooklyn is just what is needed for this area, which is so deprived of the arts and fresh produce that Brooklyn and the rest of Manhattan are beginning to dive into and already have.
Image of the final 4 boards of the project. Works included by designers, Chris Hrenick, Paige Hock, Abby Mums, and Dylan Beckwith
Image of the view from one of the bridges connecting the two living sectors. (Andy Warhol Pop art was the theme)