Competition entry for mixed-use Manhattan buildings
We propose here a plan for a mixed-use project in Manhattan that supports conditions to foster interactive urban experiences and a sustainable architecture. We recognize that this it is not a machine for living but like a plant it must grow from its location and its good planning. We take full advantage of light and air as the primary reasoning to shape our towers. We seed the community’s larger needs by encouraging unique interactions and provide valuable places for activities to take place. We want you to be happy, to climb a flight of stairs or observe a class of potters and find something new along the way. Proximity is elemental to engagement in this bigger community.
We embrace new technologies and the unique qualities of steel construction that have allowed us to shape our buildings and thus our project. We can turn our buildings to the sun and best view. We can heat and cool using the natural forces of the wind and convection. We can turn and bend and twist our structures better than ever before and with a smaller carbon footprint.
The site is unique and was chosen as it offered us a particularly realistic and unique place to grow a community of this sort. By comparison to the existing residential towers developed on 42nd street, it embraces the local community rather than creating an insular private community. Just south and adjacent to the 42nd street massive high-rise corridor, we step up to the scale of that large scaled corridor. Our block slopes down, both towards the water and away from the massing of 42nd street. We acknowledge the water views that we can best control as preferred ones in our solution. Our program includes hotel and retail that both serve our buildings as well it will serve two blocks south, the Jacob Javits Center, and the local communities from the north becoming a hub of activity and commerce. Most importantly we elevate the ground plane to create a unique inspired green space for the public like no other in Manhattan.
The NYC Active Design Guidelines published by the NYC department of Design and Construction was reviewed and incorporated into this project. The planning includes Urban design strategies for creating neighborhoods, streets, and outdoor spaces that encourage walking, bicycling, active transportation, recreation and building design strategies for promoting active lifestyles through the placement and design of stairs, elevators, indoor and outdoor spaces as used in our project.