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Port Authority Designs Revealed

by W-Architecture | Posted 09/26/2016 9:27 AM

Port Authority Designs Revealed

Our team, led by Archilier Architects, has been chosen as a finalist in the Port Authority of NY/NJ in its competition to design a new bus terminal for New York City! The Port Authority solicited conceptual plans for a new bus terminal on the west side of Manhattan that can replace the current 65-year-old station. Today, the terminal accommodates 7,000 buses and 220,000 passenger trips each weekday. In 25 years, the Port Authority estimates that ridership will increase 35 - 51%. Our team proposes a 4 million SF terminal topped with a 9.8 acre rooftop park and a 33,000 SF plaza on 8th Avenue. The new terminal acts as 'connective tissue' between Hell's Kitchen and Hudson Yards. The rooftop park includes native planting, reflecting pools, a restaurant, bar, and art gallery. The plaza at 8th Avenue and 42nd Street provides a much needed public open space and a grand stair that connects the street level to a pedestrian concourse and the lobby of the new terminal.

St. Patrick's Island Receives Innovation by Design Award

by W-Architecture | Posted 09/20/2016 11:06 AM

St. Patrick's Island Receives Innovation by Design Award

St. Patrick's Island received an honorable mention in the "Spaces, Places & Cities" category in Fast Company's 2016 Innovation by Design Awards! The awards represent a strong survey of innovation around the globe, with 1,700 entries from 41 countries. Fast Company says "Each of those projects represent what's best about design today: big ideas, meticulously thought-out details, and a clear viewpoint about how we live now - and how it could be better." Congratulations to all of the winners!

St. Petersburg Pier Approach Public Meeting

by W-Architecture | Posted 09/19/2016 9:08 AM

St. Petersburg Pier Approach Public Meeting

On August 4th, the St. Petersburg city council approved the concept design for the pier approach.  After the concept design was approved, W and Wannemacher Jensen Architects began working on schematic design.The pier approach will connect the downtown core to the pier with an active and coordinated sequence of facilities and venues, using the downtown Waterfront Master Plan as a guide. We were in St. Petersburg last week for a public meeting - to give the community an update and to work directly with residents to develop the project. We will be back in St. Petersburg this week for another public meeting. You can access all of the presentations, renderings, and design documents for the project on the city's website

Dark Sky Design at St. Patrick's Island

by W-Architecture | Posted 09/08/2016 8:07 AM

Dark Sky Design at St. Patrick's Island

Light pollution and urban sky glow can hide the stars and affect wildlife and ecosystems. St. Patrick's Island was cited by Architectural Record as a case study in sensitive dark sky lighting design. When the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation asked W and Civitas to create a nature-based park, we called upon Tillett Lighting Design to provide illumination for the island that does not disturb the viable habitat for birds, bats, and other wildlife but still provides enough light so the park feels secure and navigable. The team began by reserving as much of the park as possible as dark space. A main path is defined by warm 3000K CCT lamps on 50' poles through the length of the park, and the rest of the secondary paths are lit by low-level LED luminaires on wood bollards. The central berm is lit by two poles that provide a moonlight glow for nighttime sledding. The pole lights are shut off when not in use. We look forward to a future with more dark skies and less light pollution!

Office Sail

by W-Architecture | Posted 08/26/2016 11:17 AM

Office Sail

Last week, W took its annual office sail! Every summer, W and friends sail down the Hudson River on the Adirondack schooner. We enjoyed a lovely evening with stunning views of Manhattan, Governor's Island, the Statue of Liberty, and the water. 

Progress at the Lower East Side Ecology Center

by W-Architecture | Posted 08/19/2016 10:05 AM

Progress at the Lower East Side Ecology Center

We spent a morning at the Lower East Side Ecology Center earlier this week sampling food waste leachate and pH levels. We are working on a feasibility study with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation to improve the center and its operations. The site is brimming with potential to treat stormwater and possibly organic food waste effluent through a constructed wetland / treatment garden that could benefit the entire Lower East Side. Stay tuned for future updates as this project progresses!

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