Skyscraper Proposal Digs Out Central Park and Surrounds It With 1,000-Foot Glass Structure

Posted On Thu, March 24, 2016 By

Posted On Thu, March 24, 2016 By In Architecture, Urban Design

Evolo has announced the winners of its 2016 Skyscraper Competition, and, somewhat ironically, the number-one spot goes to a proposal that doesn’t build up at all, but rather digs down.

New York Horizon was imagined by Yitan Sun and Jianshi Wu as a means to “reverse the traditional relationship between landscape and architecture, in a way that every occupiable space has direct connection to the nature.” The idea is to dig down, exposing the bedrock beneath Central Park and thereby freeing up space to build a horizontal skyscraper around its entire perimeter. The resulting structure would rise 1,000 feet and create seven square miles of interior space, 80 times that of the Empire State Building.

New York Horizon skyscraper, evolo competition winner 2016

Wondering where all that removed soil would go? That’s where things get even crazier, as it’ll be “relocated to various neighborhoods, which will be demolished and moved into the new structure.” Leveling existing sections of the city may not go over so well, but the building’s highly reflective glass certainly makes for a nice scene, described by the designers as “an illusion of infinity.”

New York Horizon skyscraper, evolo competition winner 2016

Learn more about the proposal on Evolo.

Images via Evolo


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