University of Pennsylvania, PennDesign
critic: Thom MAYNE.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Jaeho JIN, Yongjae KIM, & Wongi SU: Penn Station has very small volume and disconnected with Madison Square Garden (MSG) and other programs above the ground. So, the main issue was how the station and MSG have a new connection and how we can make maximized volume of the station still keeping the MSG at the existing site. . . .
MSG lifted up and has a new organization with void in the center, so they can have more flexible areas. As MSG and station is merging, they can also, have large area on the top of the roof as a park for New York city.
The void in the new station is an inverted urban territory where visitors can have a sense of magnificent space inside the building. Also, this architectural medium is a kind of reinterpreted history of stations and a novel icon in the New York City.
There are various aspects that people can recognize the void. In the main concourse area, reversed openess is provided and in the middle of building level, it become a edge of the inner space where people can observe the continuous spectacle through the void. The most top level is an urban park which is new level of open space in the New York City in between tall buildings’ forest.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
JJ, YK, & WS: Thom Mayne, Tom Wiscombe, Eui-Sung Yi, and Andreas Kostopoulos.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
JJ, YK, & WS: Reading Combinatory Urbanism, Haiti Now, and LA Now. Watching Interstellar.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
JJ, YK, & WS: Morphosis; Tom Wiscombe; DS+R; Coop Himmelb(l)au; Ali Rahim; Neil Denari; and Dwayne Oyler.