Creating diverse content within a set of high-rise structures, Alex Lozano and Reynolds Diaz Jr have designed a proposal which continues the trend of inserting commercial activities into the urban tissue of Manhattan’s lower West Side, the principle first established through building the Highline Elevated Park. The amalgam of functions and activities aims at providing a hybrid urban state that combines program, structure, aesthetics, rigidity and flexibility.
The lower half of the towers’ program is rental units which conform to a rigid framework. Vertical spatial transformations occur once programmatic conditions shift. The form thus breaks from its rigidity and embraces panoramic formal freedom. These articulations specifically respond to contextual icons such as the Empire State Building, Times Square and others. The east and west facades are responding to different urban conditions thus complexities on the east facade is high and on the West minimal. Programmatically these synergies of public life are connected through the five towers. The spaces include, retail, hotel lobby, lounges, meeting rooms, entertainment areas, observatories, ballrooms and other general public and leisure spaces. The last vertical transformation shifts back to a rigid system (imposed by a rigid hotel program), which split into five individual hotel towers for temporal guests.
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