Big Shelf in Park Avenue by Jae Chung and Chanon Wangkachonkait

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Image © Jae Chung and Chanon Wangkachonkait

Park Avenue’s medians have been a fixture on the major boulevard for more than a century. Though the topical treatment of planting strategies and sculpture exhibits has been changed periodically, the foundational physical form of its stacked programs has been in existence since the railroad was covered. In its current state, Park Avenue is surrounded by entirely skyscrapers, which are comprised of mostly gridded, structural facades.

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Image © Jae Chung and Chanon Wangkachonkait

Our proposal for revitalizing the avenue suggests elevated and expanded areas by using grid-shape structure inspired by these surrounding building grids. The structure will provide diverse programs, spaces, and views for the public. The expanded area will also serve much more green space than existing conditions. In addition, plants and shrubs within the site will contribute towards Vision 2020 by absorbing vehicular noxious gases, namely Carbon Dioxide and Methane.

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Image © Jae Chung and Chanon Wangkachonkait

Another point of intervention is the addressing of segregation of the medians by crossing traffic. By connecting the medians via underground pedestrian paths, the site will benefit from continuous pedestrian circulation along the entirety of Park Avenue without any crosswalks. Furthermore, the slope from the underground path to the medians will offer convenience and diverse view points for pedestrians.

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Image © Jae Chung and Chanon Wangkachonkait

Location of the Project

  • The structures are to be installed on every median on Park Avenue between 46th and 57th streets. All underground paths will be constructed between each of these blocks.

Proposed Material

  • Columns and longitudinal members are made with steel. Each component is connected by metal joints.
  • Vertical trellises that hold staircases are made with steel.
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Image © Jae Chung and Chanon Wangkachonkait
  • The large pots shown are to be made of recycled materials such as glass and concrete. Disposable containers and packages are melted and mixed with concrete to make environment-friendly pot.
  • The main circulation path is made with perforated metal sheets. It may also be constructed with recycled materials. The paths will be jointed to the columns and members with steel joints. Source by Jae Chung and Chanon Wangkachonkait.
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Site Plan
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