Central Park Summer Pavilion

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CPSP1201 P(Arc) Pavilion

CPSP - 1201
New Jersey Institute of Technology / us United States
3 members
Michael Filomeno
Naomi Patel
Taryn Wefer

Project type:
Espacios Públicos

Attempt to recall an image of Central Park. It can be a personal memory of an experience in the park; it can be a scene from one of the many movies filmed in the park. Almost undoubtedly, this image contains two things. The first is an idealized landscape, set so unnaturally against the backdrop of its surrounding metropolis; the second is the arch. It may not be the same arch in each recollection - the park contains 36 unique arches distributed throughout its 842 acres. This singular architectural object, the arch, and the landscape in which it sits, work in tandem in P(Arc) Pavilion, providing an identity to the space that is both unique and instantly recognizable as belonging to Central Park, Manhattan.

P(Arc) is a pavilion that uses these two elements to invoke occurrences of palimpsest, by layering the traditional arch profiles with transformations of the iconic arches. In this way, the design of the pavilion aims to remind it’s visitors of Central Park’s rich architectural history, as well as, create new exciting spaces for summer events and recreation.

Much like Central Park itself, the P(Arc) pavilion is a (meandering and rolling topography contained within a defined boundary. The Pavilion’s internal topography is created by appropriating and transforming the arch forms found throughout the park. The spaces from beneath the existing Trefoil Arch to beneath the Winterdale Arch can all be re-experienced together in one space, superimposed upon each other, carved out of the frames, leaving doubly curved vaulted program spaces, that seamlessly blend together.

Programmed inside P(Arc) Pavilion is a cafe with a tiered seating area, two arch-framed vistas overlooking the lake with the Manhattan skyline beyond, a topographic playground, an inclined lake view lounge, and a stage adjacent to the grass hill allowing for large crowds to gather for performances. The topography of the pavilion and the surrounding landscape, together, create relationships between the internal program spaces and the surrounding context. The open design of the P(Arc) Pavilion is conducive to a variety of recreational summer activities.

The pavilion is built up as a series of thin plywood frames connected by acrylic panels, creating walkable surfaces. This technique allows for the construction of complex doubly curved vaults as well as the admittance of natural light throughout the pavilion. From the exterior, the pavilion disappears into its surrounding green landscape on its cross axis as the edges of the frame are inlaid with polished metal strips creating a mirage effect both during the day and in the evening.

The PARC Pavilion is emblematic of central park in the past, as it remembers the great significance of the iconic arch in central park. As it is also, of it’s future, blending together the singularity of the arch within the landscape, to create a unified space in which all of Central Park’s Summer Pavilion visitors may indulge.

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