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Miami Beach SoundScape West 8 2011 © Robin Hill for West 8

It could be argued that the pinnacle of urban landscape architecture was reached in seventeenth century France and the French formal gardens of Jacques Boyceau and André Le Nôtre, or in Britain in the nineteenth century, when Joseph Paxton and John Nash were transforming former Royal Hunting grounds into places for Victorian gentry to promenade. Contemporary urban architects and designers are rarely afforded the same amount of space, money and time as their antecedents and are more often tasked with transforming abandoned plots, redundant structures or characterless inner city areas into suitable places for public recreation. Here, Architonic looks at some recent successes that add value to their surroundings by pushing the boundaries of park design. (by Alyn Griffiths)

 

read the ‘Park life: the evolving approach to designing urban public space’ article in full on Architonic

The Standard Hotel by Polshek Partnership Architects, photo by Jeff Goldberg / ESTO for Polshek Partnership Architects

Beside several greening projects in Asian metropolises the Manhattan High Line is another example for resindent-friendly and ecologically worthwhile reuse of disused industrial or infrastructural areas. The Standard Hotel designed by Polshek Partnership Architects, towers over the pedestrian aisle and builds the perfect vertical component of this new green belt.

The Standard Hotel by Polshek Partnership Architects, photo by Jeff Goldberg / ESTO for Polshek Partnership Architects

“Andre Balazs Properties’ Standard brand has no signature architectural style. Each hotel is unique: the brand is recognized for designs that are specific to and expressive of their context. Todd Schliemann’s design for The Standard, New York exploits this mandate: the hotel is undeniably of its place; it blurs the distinction between public and private in a city whose identity is a s much about neighborhoods and intimacy as it is about anonymity; and it immerses itself in the activity of the street at the same time as its hovering form disengages it. Completed in 2009, the new eighteen-story, 204,500sf, 337-room hotel is located in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, a vibrant neighborhood on the City’s western edge.”

The Standard Hotel by Polshek Partnership Architects, photo by Jeff Goldberg / ESTO for Polshek Partnership Architects

“The design celebrates the opportunities and challenges of interacting with the High Line, an abandoned, elevated railroad line, which has been developed as a new linear public park. The Standard engages its urban context through contrast, blending unique architectural and structural concepts within a complex and changing urban fabric. Sculptural piers, whose forms clearly separate the building from the orthogonal street grid, raise the building fifty-seven feet off the street, allowing the horizontally-scaled industrial landscape to pass beneath it and natural light to penetrate to the street. The building’s two slabs are “hinged,” angled to further emphasize the hotel’s distinction from the city’s grid and its levitation above the neighborhood. The juxtaposition of the building’s materials – poured-in-place, board-formed concrete and glass – reflects the character of New York City: the gritty quality of the concrete contrasts with the refinement of the glass. The concrete grid provides a delicate frame for the exceedingly transparent water-white glass, the two materials unified in the continuous plane of the curtain wall. This exterior wall breaks with the traditional architecture of hotels, replacing opacity with transparency, privacy with openness and defining a new paradigm.”

The Standard Hotel by Polshek Partnership Architects, photo by Thomas Loof

The Standard Hotel by Polshek Partnership Architects, photo by Nikolas Koenig

The Standard Hotel by Polshek Partnership Architects, photo by Nikolas Koenig

to the Polshek Partnership Architects profile @ Architonic

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'OBSERVATION I' by Richard Galpin

On May 7, 2010, a new artwork by Richard Galpin, entitled ‘Viewing Station’, will debut on the High Line, New York City’s elevated park built on a former freight rail trestle on Manhattan’s west side. Using a specially designed and constructed viewing apparatus, this commissioned artwork will offer park visitors an altered perspective of a particular view from the High Line. One of the wonderful experiences the High Line has provided to visitors is a new vista of Manhattan. Similarly, Galpin’s artwork will offer a novel reconsideration of our familiar surroundings.

'URBIS I' by Richard Galpin

Galpin is best known for creating altered photographs of cityscapes. His chosen method of manipulation is to cut and remove the top layer of the colored emulsion from his photographic prints, exposing the paper substrate. By eradicating part of the photograph, the imagery becomes greatly abstracted. Using clean lines and sharp angles, Galpin’s technique produces works with an emphasis on geometric shapes, recalling early twentieth century movements such as Constructivism, Cubism, and Futurism.

'OBSERVATION I' by Richard Galpin

'SPLINTER II' by Richard Galpin

read ‘Peeled Architecture’ about Richard Galpin @ Architonic

New York´s High Line turns into a green promenade

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