critic: Kutan AYATA.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
David Brian HARROP & Zachary Michael KILE: Tribeca Rock is a speculative response to the vacant Pier 26 on Manhattan’s West Side.
The artificiality of the site and the naturalness of rock climbing as a sport and outdoor activity allows for the opportunity to rationally explore what this dichotomy would look like in a dense urban setting. Our design established individual bays within the overall geometry; each interior bay houses a different type of climbing environment—low-poly, kitbashed, soft, and whipped— and these bays do not conform to the exterior geometry of the building. In a sense they are new inner distinct worlds.
We explored a different response for the exterior of the building. In our attempt at normalcy we developed a brick panel system that utilizes the scale of cast bricks to inform climbing holds. The density, sparsity, size, and geometry of the bricks as well as the overall building geometry begin to establish patterns of increasing difficulty for climbers.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
DBH & ZMK: Rock Climbing, Yosemite Park, American brick, and Francis Bacon.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
DBH & ZMK: Reading Michael Young, “In Praise of Urban Objects,”
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
DBH & ZMK: Young & Ayata, Jasone Payne, SU11, and Herzog and de Meuron.