2010 | Lower Manhattan, NY
Studio Critics: Adam Yarinsky, Tony Patterson
Seeking to improve the pedestrian connection between Battery Park City and the Financial District, the project creates a public urban space and redefines Edgar Plaza, an existing pocket park that is currently underutilized. Serving as the podium for a future condominium point tower, the building is focused around a raised pedestrian plaza which provides public amenities to enhance the street life and urban condition of the Greenwich South neighborhood. The project examines the role of the podium typology, seeing it as a public entity and social catalyst. Programmed with a branch of the New York Public Library, an arts incubator, a co-working hive, and retail, the building is designed to facilitate the mixing of programs through views, sectional shifts, and overlapping spaces.