New York, New York
HMWhite’s design for a new public urban landscape, in a “park-starved” Manhattan West Side district, is the lynch pin in establishing the “address” and identity for this residential building. By capping a large portion of the adjacent Lincoln Tunnel juggernaut, a more hospitable setting is created as part of an integrated redefined streetscape design and landscape refuge, HMWhite’s designs are critical to City Planning’s ULURP project review and approval process. A platform landscape buffers sound and visual connection from the fast moving vehicular traffic below. Pedestrian street life is humanized with a network of landscape and urban garden structures that introduce a spatial framework, revealing a legible civic architectural language to offset the urban fabric void created by the vehicular maze. This landscape framework establishes a high-quality neighborhood multi-purpose and richly planted district gathering space, offering refuge and a contracting source of nature. Safer, more comfortable and visually appealing neighborhood block linkages result from each human scaled landscape element and interventions that humanize this vastly neglected public realm.
Landscape Architect: HMWhite
Architect: Handel Architects
Structural Engineer: WSP Engineers
Soil Scientist: Pine & Swallow Environmental
Irrigation: WC3 Design