Crazy proposal exposes Central Park’s underground mountains and surrounds it with 1,000-foot glass walls

by , 03/30/16



excavating central park, 2016 eVolo Skyscraper Competition winner, New York Horizon EVOLO, EVOLO skyscraper winner, Yitan Sun EVOLO, Jianshi Wu EVOLO

Sun and Wu’s motivation behind New York Horizon was to “make Central Park available to more people…to reverse the traditional relationship between landscape and architecture, in a way that every occupiable space has direct connection to nature.” They claim that excavation would allow for the construction of a 1,000-foot-tall megastructure that wraps around the perimeter of the 1.3-square-mile park for a total floor area of 7 square miles. Highly reflective glass walls would offer the illusion of infinity and provide all tenants of the building views of the park.

excavating central park, 2016 eVolo Skyscraper Competition winner, New York Horizon EVOLO, EVOLO skyscraper winner, Yitan Sun EVOLO, Jianshi Wu EVOLO

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Despite the noble intentions to bring city dwellers closer to nature, the New York Horizon proposal is downright silly and an abomination to landscape architecture and history. By excavating the 159-year-old park, the designers are advocating the destruction of the work of Frederick Law Olmsted, the Central Park landscape architect who helped pioneer urban park design to bring people closer to nature. Furthermore, the proposal ironically compromises access and views to the public green space by surrounding it with soaring glass walls—no explanation is given to how non-tenants of the mega-structure would actually access the park.

+ New York Horizon

Via Curbed

Images via eVolo

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4 Comments

  1. electricpenguin March 28, 2016 at 1:00 pm
    Fun concept. I assume they included an explanation of how to deal with the fact that 900 feet of the 1000 foot sinking is below sea level (and I would assume mostly below the cities existing septic connections.)
  2. Noah Bunink March 27, 2016 at 2:37 pm
    pretty f-ing sick dudes, feeling your innovative idea, Oh did i say innovative? hahaha thats funny since it is actually a look at the past, before man had exploited their land as a result of corporate exploitation and greed. Really digging it, or should i say, i hope you'll be digging into central park as soon as possible, ahahah. Best of wishes from a random facebooker that stumbled on this post!
  3. Al Rotundo March 25, 2016 at 3:52 pm
    No offense, but you're a jerk for calling this crazy. I've seen much dumber ideas on Inhabitat.
  4. cas March 25, 2016 at 12:22 pm
    Ok , I shall inform Mr. Attenborough so that he could immediately send shiploads of T-Rexes down there to compliment the scenery.