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suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
euibeom LEE / keunyoung RYU / kunho KIM:
Urban parks provide rest and comfort to people who live in the city regardless of its size or location. In addition, parks are where people can reconnect to the mother nature in the midst of busy city lives. Parks also serve as romantic dating spots, and sometimes create dramatic atmosphere. The urban parks bring out the most synergies when they are fully integrated with infrastructures, nature, climate, and events and add more livelihood and dynamics to the city.
The site of Williamsburg is a place where a music festival is held annually within Manhattan, and it provides relaxation to every visitor. This place can create different atmosphere based on the characteristics of events, the density of people at the events, and the time. Though, it is utilized in many different ways such as a venue for events, its primary purpose is to provide rest to people and create community for them.
Despite that a physical program, a concert hall, is added to the site of Williamsburg, the park has to maintain its natural atmosphere of the waterfront which is attributed to a harmonious combination of the purpose, surface area, east river and the site. The concert hall should have not only plans that enhances spatial completeness and software completeness as it serves as a medium that links Manhattan city and programs of the park.
To achieve these goals, origami methodology is used to the entire landscape. With this design methodology, the park can preserve its physical area and become the hub that connects tensions of festivals and ambience of city by planning a concert hall using landscape.
< To combine the park, concert seats, stage and Manhattan City as its background into a single place >
Such plans allow various performances to have different level of urban activism. We plan the main concert hall with a stage inside and the park outside. This plan has the east river as its background. Performances at the main concert hall will be sensational and powerful at the same time when people sit at outside seats utilizing slope of the roof. Such plan is different from standard methodology that separates performances from events dedicating a part of the park for events only. The plan we are suggesting is to combine the park, concert seats, and stage into a single place. The concert hall will stay equally energetic as before with the Manhattan City as its background and preserve its functionality as a resting place by not separating the park and events.
The extended space of the landscape will be used to hold various amenities, such as swimming pool and restaurants. The park, festivals, and service programs will be blended graciously at the space and operate simultaneously. Though this methodology, events will become space as well as programs and connect the place with the city. Secondary and tertiary concert halls and programs planned on many levels will have various views. It will be planned to enable for people to watch festivals and participate in events and bring them fun and rest at the same time.
As we preserve the characteristics and area of the park with landscape design and by adding programs to the extended space through the plan, we will make the events that are held intermittently at the park and characteristics of the park coexist harmoniously.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
Installation arts : Tokujin Yosioka, Christo and Jeanne Claude, Michael Heizer, Field Operations
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
L.Moholy-Nagy_vision in motion (1969), BIG_YES IS MORE (2010)
Tokujin Yosioka_ SPECTRUM, Atta Kim_ON AIR, Christo and Jeanne Claude _ARTWORKS,
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
BIG, SANAA, CHN Arquitetos, 3XN, NL architects, Field Operations, West8..