New York sunken Central Park project wins 2016 Skyscraper Competition

  • 29 Mar 2016

howardchapmanHoward Chapman, Buildingtalk Editor reviews New York Horizon, this year’s outstanding winner of the eVolo Magazine 2016 Skyscraper Competition – 7 square miles of continuous housing towers with unobstructed views built around the full perimeter of a sunken Central Park in Manhattan.

New York Horizon

Manhattan in New York is the home of the skyscraper.

At it’s heart is Central Park, a 1.3 square mile of beautiful urban space. However, only a relative few enjoy this natural environment as most of the population either live or work beyond the walking distance from it. But this could all change.

1-Fullscreen capture 29032016 072839New York Horizon is a proposal by Yitan Sun and Jianshi Wu from the United States to make Central Park the focus of an incredible new multi-functional mega structure by digging down to uncover the mountain that is the bedrock hidden under the existing park. This would create a space along the new cliff sides. By wrapping all four sides of the new Central Park with a 1000-feet tall by 100-feet deep mega structure, it would provide a total floor area of 7 square miles – about 80 times greater than the Empire State Building!

1-Fullscreen capture 29032016 072754With reflective glass covering on all sides, the landscape inside the new park will create an illusion of infinity right in the heart of New York City – this is the ‘New Horizon’.

Take a look at other prize winning projects including The Hive, a vertical control terminal for advanced flying drones, and Data Tower a sustainable skyscraper in Iceland designed for Internet servers.

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