Architecture Envy | Reimagined Central Park

Designers Yitan Sun and Jianshi Wu have created a proposal submission for the 2016 Skyscraper Competition, which completely reimagines Central Park in New York City. And I must say that this is a pretty incredible design.  They’re proposing to excavate Central Park down to it’s bedrock, exposing the “mountains” that are just below the familiar surface.

The concept behind the design is to redefine the “traditional relationship between landscape and architecture, in a way that every occupiable space has direct connection to the nature.” This redesign will allow more people the ability to experience the park and escape the concrete jungle of the city that never sleeps.

Not only does the plan include changing the physical landscape of the park, but it also includes adding a 1000’ tall, 100’ deep structure that will surround the majority of the new park. This creates enough usable floor space to the equivalent of 80 times the Empire State building.  Think of all the possibilities with all that space, in a city that has a short supply of space. Presumably the structure would not entirely encompass the park, which would mean the structure would actually be made up of smaller buildings. These buildings, and even just the floors of the buildings, could be used for so many different things from offices to condos to retail stores. The possibilities are endless! I think this is a great use of the space that is available, to further expand the city without physically expanding it too much.

100’ wide may not seem like a very wide building, but the designers for this proposal have come up with an ingenious solution to make the structure fade away, while allowing the beauty of the park to stretch as far as possible. This is being achieved by cladding the sides of the structure with highly reflective glass, which will further blur the lines between landscape and architecture. “In the heart of New York City, a New Horizon is born.”