Coen + Partners, as a project collaborator, participated in the visioning study for the Downtown Alliance’s Strategic Framework for Greenwich Street and Lower Manhattan. Led by Architecture Research Office and Beyer Blinder Belle, the study site is Greenwich South, comprising 41 acres south of the World Trade Center site, between Broadway and West Street. Lower Manhattan is emerging as a model for the 21st century business district, and the overall study contemplates how Greenwich South can play a greater role in this transformation. Coen + Partners’ challenged the notion of sustainable ‘green’ design by creating a new district landscape typology. The concept of ‘green’ was used not as a color or catchphrase, but as a conceptual armature for design, growth, and energy to transform the entire district of Greenwich South into a sustainable and vibrant 24-hour living street.
This idea is expressed through four complementary gestures: green infrastructure, planting elements, ground plane, and illumination. Each of these four interventions highlights the architectural structure of the neighborhood, performs a key sustainable function, and contributes a specific design identity to this important lower Manhattan neighborhood. Elements of Coen + Partners vision for the neighborhood can extend the entire length of Greenwich Street; from Battery Park to Greenwich Village to the Meatpacking District and Highline and beyond.
The study was presented to the community with exhibitions at Zuccotti Park in New York and the AIA New York’s Center for Architecture.Architecture Research Office and the larger design team were honored with 2010 P/A Award for the innovative study.
Location: New York, New York
Collaboration: Architectural Research Office
Select Awards: 2010 P/A Award
COEN + PARTNERS WINS THE 2015 SMITHSONIAN COOPER-HEWITT NATIONAL DESIGN AWARD
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