“Beyond the Centerline”,
Creating a connection to nature and extending public well-being from an individual level to a citywide scale, this elevated-park concept spanning from Grand Central Station to Central Park has been designed to bring life, health and wellness to Manhattan, through an experiential public hub of urban greenery.
This concept was developed for a Fisher Brothers design competition, “Beyond the Centerline”.
Our aim was to bring the original experience of Park Avenue to the current Manhattan population, while simultaneously celebrating New York’s ability as a city to house such a dream. By raising and elevating the park, we increase the potential of offices and buildings to elevate themselves, providing the opportunity for greater public interaction facilitated by extraordinary, large-scale architecture. By incorporating the wellness of not only the general public, but the community working inside the surrounding buildings, we positively influence a shift in Manhattan’s midtown aesthetic and reputation.
By merging the concepts of the High Line (flat) and Central Park (hills) with the idea of breaking up the rigidity of Manhattan’s grid line planning, we present an “undulating” park, reflective of the humanity that breathes life into the city. This is representative of the human element that lives, works and provides the true flexibility of the city, taking our inspiration from the idea that the humans are in fact the true “muscle” of the urban environment.
The arched lighting addition over the park is taken from the original Grand Central Depot train shed in 1871 - once featuring curved panes of glass arched over the elevated tracks - as we reimagined the gas lamps that illuminated the space at night and recreated the historical beauty over the elevated park.
Raising the public walking route above the city creates a central area for exercise and exposure to nature, moving traffic and pollution to the level below, at which the impact on citizen health can be better controlled.
Not only will this dramatic “centerline” structure enhance city-scale wellness and sustainability, but it will also promote developer retail value and economic prosperity in the area. Connectivity to the Central Station tram link reduces traffic volume by encouraging the use of public transport.
- Status Competition
- Location New York, NY