Atelier Why recently scooped first place for their re-thinking of the Detroit riverfront. 'The Forest' envisions a new green lung for the seat of America's automobile industry, which is currently dominated by a throng of towers and commercial buildings. This new urban rehabilitation project aims to forge a green connection between the metropolis and the city's bustling riverfront, while providing a host of outdoor recreation spaces.
Like a fairytale, ‘The Forest’ plugs a void between the city and the river with a series of trees, trails, and performance spaces. Existing sculptures will remain, although Atelier Why proposes to move the water fountain by Isamu Noguchi so that it is sunken into the ground and then surrounded by another spiraling amphitheater with wood flooring and white curtains that mimic falling water.
Dappled light streams through the forest canopy and benches and a wooden bridge are inserted so that visitors can enjoy outdoor arts and performance events. In addition to sponging up some of the city’s grime, this area stands to completely transform, in a healthy way, how locals and tourists experience downtown Detroit.
Via Arch Daily