Triple Bridge Gateway to 9th Avenue
This project is a preliminary proposal for a new type of public infrastructure and amenity. Through the use of a lightweight roof membrane that would incorporate projection screen fabrics the project acts as both a roof and a display screen.
It operates at two scales--that of the elevated bus and of the street level pedestrian--and with two uses--as a sign and as a multi-purpose tent structure. Both the events that would take place below it and the information displayed on it are associated with the infrastructure of transportation systems in the city.
We propose that the site of the ramps offers a unique opportunity for a diverse range of public events. The primary site for the project is double. The first takes advantage of the ramps vertical surface as a display screen across Ninth Avenue and the second captures a horizontal space on 41st Street under and next to the ramps.
A lightweight roof provides a sheltered multi-use space for vendors and pedestrians that is a kind of wide street flowing out of the terminal at the ground level, as the ramps flow out of the terminal above. At night, this tent would be illuminated from below so that it would provide a glowing canopy below and beside the ramps.
This new infrastructure encourages events that are very familiar to the open spaces and parks surrounding transportation terminals and large bus and subway exchanges, including food vendors, street theater and performance.
Combined with these pedestrian programs is the new proposal for a public transportation information screen. Making a visual link to the billboards and large scale television monitors of Times Square, the proposal incorporates a large scale screen across Ninth Avenue that is associated with traffic and transportation.
Because of the lightweight flexible materials used in the project, it can combine these two programs on a continuous supple surface that transforms from being a roof, to a canopy of light, to a projection screen.
The project combines a display surface where information regarding the transportation systems of the city would be projected, with a canopy that supports informal and temporary programs requiring shelter from the rain and sun. On this tent structure, videos, text and images would be projected at various scales at various times of the day providing information to visitors, commuters and residents.
Craig Schwitter, Happold/FTL
COMPUTER MODELING + RENDERING
Greg Lynn/Greg Lynn FORM