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ENCOMPASSING

COLUMBIA GSAPP   |   CRITIC: WILLIAM ARBIZU   |   FALL 2016

 

Situated at the 14th Street 10th Avenue SE corner, the High line runs through the building facade and creates multi-layered inhabitable space together with the street. Next to the corner, lies a piece of unused land that is fenced off from pedestrians, creating a silent barrier between the active corner and the Hudson River.

SECTION A-A’ (DAY)  |  SECTION B-B’ (NIGHT)

The initial position sits on the High line and connects to the landscape, allowing visitors to circulate between the landscape platforms and the High line. At night, the circular plane rotates further clockwise and sits at the High line again, but facing the city view (entire 14th Street). The plane transforms into an amphitheatre that provides a performance area for music performances that are currently found on the High line.

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SECTION C-C’ (DAY)  |  SECTION D-D’ (NIGHT)

The North-facing plane holds a circular plane that revolves above the High line, forming differential relationships with the adjacent plane and the High line. During sunset, the circular plane connects and becomes an extension of the roof level, at the same time acts as a shading device for the levels below. 

SPATIAL INTERVENTION  |  TIME

The design is composed of two type of rotations, performed by the two planes. The west-facing plane is composed of a helical landscape that provides circulation as well as platforms for sightseeing. The top part sits on the neighbouring roof to open up river views. The landscape plane rotates North and transforms ramps into horizontal platforms, vice versa. The most active planes for sightseeing and circulation alternates as the plane rotates. Running down the sets of ramps and platforms, it leads to a tiered sitting space as it unfolds and connects to the ground.