Flight Epicentre NYC | BArch Year 05
Flight Epicentre NYC | New York
HB:BX building cultural infrastructure | Competition
BArch 2009-2011 | Biomimetics
     Flight epicentre NYC is an intuitive project attempting to bridge the social, economical and cultural chasm in New York City. Located along the Harlem River, the river separating the Bronx from Manhattan, the art epicentre seeks to eradicate the contrasting conditions experienced on both sides. The disputes between the two are mainly concerned with the economical and ethnic differences; the wealthier Manhattan and the poor, immigrant populated Bronx.
     The two boroughs meet the Harlem River with steep landscapes, making this area un-habitable by people. Along the banks of Harlem River run the major traffic routes that inevitably create a physical boundary between the boroughs and what could have been a very inspirational amenity; the river and its surroundings. At the same time the steep landscapes host a densely planted area of forest and woodland, presenting an ideal environment for animal habitation, especially a variety of birds.
     Flight Epicentre NYC exhibits an intriguing re-development masterplan that conceivably extends Manhattan and Bronx counties to occupy the Harlem River Waterfront. The urban grid has been extended on each side denoting the location of paths, outdoor and indoor spaces. Flight epicentre NYC is an epicentre intended to be an incubator for the arts, a public facility that fosters the development of experimental, innovative art forms and strengthens the positive effects that the arts have on community development. The site analysis assisted in the zoning of spaces, with art and dance studios and workshops located at the Manhattan edge of Harlem River and the library, research and teaching and administration located at the Bronx edge. The conceptfor the creation of form has been inspired from nature; the striking form and life of birds present in the Manhattan and Bronx greenlands.
     The required spaces have been designed as if they were a group of feathers, or wings, in motion. The space underneath them forms a mixture of indoor and outdoor, and the enclosing structures are a combination of transparent, translucent, perforated and solid forms according to the use of each building. The High Bridge, the old Croton Aqueduct, has been transformed into a lively, cosmopolitan, recreation space offering an ideal and safe location for creation and exhibition of artwork, music and dance performances as well as a new space for meeting and socialising. The Flight Epicentre NYC aims to break the physical and social boundaries separating Manhattan, Bronx and Harlem River and create fun and inspiring waterfront atmosphere, giving life to the currently misused area and filling the social and urban gap. 

site analysis - the Bronx
site analysis - Manhattan
meso scale environment analysis - Manhattan
concept - physical model + photomontage
concept - physical model + photomontage
drawings - Highbridge section and elevations
Flight Epicentre NYC | BArch Year 05
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Flight Epicentre NYC | BArch Year 05

Work undertaken for the HB:BX competition in New York. The epicentre deals with cultural infrastructure trying to reduce the chasm between Manhat Read More
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