Phase: 2015 | First Prize. International Workshop Rise New York ‘
Location: 325 E 25th street, New York
Team: Alejandra Ruano, Christian Messeguer, Anna Solaz
Living in the city
does not only mean living in a housing block between other blocks, it means
living in-between the city’s consolidated fabric and becoming part of its
cultural background and history. It is the place where our everyday lives get
their own special meaning, where we experience freedom and privacy and where we
can express our identity.
Therefore, in a
city, even more important than buildings are the public spaces in between them. Streets and amenities are some of
the most valuable resources the city has. These places play a crucial role in
social interaction. It is the setting
where our daily life takes place, and the more varied, rich and full of
possibilities is this space, the more you will be able to gather people, having
diversity and activity… letting people participate in their public space,
feeling more identified and encouraging social relations among users.
This proposal focuses on the creation of a public space in itself. The key
element in the project is the open space that flows through the block and into
the street, continues and penetrates the building in all of its height.
By breaking its volumetric
configuration in both directions,
we are able to create public spaces that are
understood as urban prolongations, becoming part of the city’s social
framework. The building fades into three towers, adapting itself to the
adjacent crowning heights and seeking optimal implantation in terms of
sunlight, views and orientation.
The In-between: the encounter and reconciliation between the street on the one hand and a private domain on the other”. Herman Hertzberger