Cedar Hill Loop Pavilion Building

Cedar Hill Loop Movable Pavilion Building, Kinetic Architectur Central Park, Multi-function, New York City

Cedar Hill Loop Pavilion Building

Underground Architecture Manhattan, New York, USA – design by Jianshi Wu and Yitan Sun architects

22 Aug 2016

Cedar Hill Loop Pavilion Building

Design: Jianshi Wu and Yitan Sun

Cedar Hill Loop in Central Park

Location: Cedar Hill, Central Park, New York, NY, USA

DESIGN NAME:
Cedar Hill Loop

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Movable Pavilion

Cedar Hill Loop Pavilion Building design

INSPIRATION:
The architects’ inspiration comes from the existing environmental and social condition of Central Park, New York, where the open natural field provides people a gathering place for various activities. Cedar Hill Loop aims to preserve the existing and enhance it with an intimate, flexible and functional structure, which creates unique experiences in the 158-year-old public park.

Cedar Hill Loop Pavilion Building design

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The objective is to create a multi-usage pavilion in Central Park, New York that can host different activities. Instead of putting it on open lawns, we designed an underground loop that follows the existing terrain of a 30-feet tall hill, which is able to elevate and rotate itself to create spaces that are suitable for a wide variety of activities in different scales. Designed to be used unexpectedly, the pavilion encourages the terrain to play a more significant role in architecture.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Powered by four industry standard mast lifts and a circular rail underneath, the Loop is able to elevate and rotate itself to reveal spaces that are suitable for a wide variety of activities in different scales. Having nearly 30 feet of height difference, the sloped terrain of Cedar Hill is a perfect spot for the Loop to integrate itself in. When not designated to any specific events, the loop can be either entirely hidden with only subtle indication of the periphery, or it can be slightly raised and become a large circular bench for people to gather together with ambience light leaks from inside that lights up the lawn during night time. The hill also functions as natural flood prevention in this case.

Cedar Hill Loop Pavilion Building design

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started as a concept in September 2015 and the latest design was finished in December 2015 in New York.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Material: Casting concrete base supporting industrial standard vertical mast lifts on circular rail. Pre-fabricated glass panel, aluminum frame and customized wood ceiling (platform) installed on site following any existing sloped terrain.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Dimensions: Outer Diameter: 25 meters. Inner Diameter: 20 meters. Floor to Ceiling (Highest Point): 8 meters. Floor to Ceiling (Lowest Point): 4 meters. Floor Area: 176 square meters. Mast Lift Capacity: 12000 lbs (5443 kg) each, 48000 (21772kg) in total. Structure Weight: 13000 kg. Loading Capacity: 70 person.

Cedar Hill Loop Pavilion Building design

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
With around 25 million visitors a year, Central Park is the most visited park in the United States. It is designed as a neutral land for different people to encounter and various activities to overlap. In summer the park holds different theatre performances, numerous open-air concerts, seminars, movie screenings, dances and so on, which is only made possible by its openness and natural environment. We started our research by mapping different activities people do in Central Park during summer time, and found out that the sloped areas are actually among the least active ones, yet with the most potential. While the hill might not be an ideal stage for open ground sports or sunbathing, which are popular activities on flat lawn, further research shows that it provides a surprisingly suitable base for a summer pavilion. The discovery of this missing opportunity eventually leads us to the design of Cedar Hill Loop.

CHALLENGE:
The difficult part of the design was to design in a way that the architecture can coexist with and respect the natural, open environment. The pavilion need to provide new spaces and possibilities that the park currently lacks, at the same time keeps and enriches familiar experiences we love about Central Park.

TEAM MEMBERS:
Designer: Jianshi Wu and Designer: Yitan Sun

Cedar Hill Loop Pavilion Building design

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Creator Jianshi Wu, Daytime, 2015.
Image #2: Creator Jianshi Wu, Interior, 2015.
Image #3: Photographer/Creator Jianshi Wu, Night Time, 2015.
Image #4: Illustrator Yitan Sun, Jianshi Wu, Site Plan, 2015.
Image #5: Illustrator Yitan Sun, Diagram, 2015.

STUDIO:
Jianshi & Yitan

PROFILE:
Jianshi Wu and Yitan Sun have working experiences in the U.S., China and Japan and their works were exhibited in the U.S. and China. These two members currently reside and work in New York City. Both Jianshi and Yitan obtained their Professional Architecture degree in Rhode Island School of Design.

AWARD DETAILS
Winner – Cedar Hill Loop Movable Pavilion by Jianshi Wu and Yitan Sun is Winner in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category, 2015-16.

Cedar Hill Loop Pavilion Building New York – shortlisted for A’ Design Awards & Competition


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