a project by erick KRISTANTO
manhattan, new york, united states, unbuilt
New York-based graduate Erick Kristanto has sent us images of his entry into the ‘Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art’ competition set for Manhattan, New York. The design, which earned Kristanto an honorable mention, was influenced by the form and properties of speech bubbles, creating spaces that are unconventional in both shape and organization.

The general volume of the building was first subdivided into storeys and programs after negotiating the appropriate area for each function. Represented by bubble quotes, the individual rooms were adjusted in to modules and arranged to seemingly hover in space on top of the other. Circulation is mainly driven by a central helix ramp while shortcuts are provided by short, by-passing slides in between levels. Views toward the street and brooklyn bridge are established while open roof surfaces are converted into multi-functional areas.

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Pio Pio restaurant by Sebastian Mariscal in New York

The city that never sleeps is notorious for its energy, diversity and relentless nature of thriving culture and innovation. A hot spot for pushing retail and hospitality experiences, the city perpetually finds ways to surprise you and inspire you. As a frequent New York City visitor, I often try to explore new urban veins in order to maintain New York as the "never-ending story." Although every visit seems to have its own element of surprise, there has been an almost constant behavior to the city - its connection to the streetscape.

The essence of any urban sidewalk is (1) directing pedestrian flow, (2) creating a protective division parallel to the street, (3) staging an experience adjacent to the vertical elements. The goal to countless fit-out spaces is to provide a strong connection to the streetscape in order to attract busy pedestrians into the space. A brief pause into the vitrine often provides you with the decision on whether the internal experience is worth your time. Nonetheless, the connection and accessibility to the street are a key factor to the New York fit-out. Although connecting to the street is a common behavior of many fit-outs, San Diego-based Sebastian Mariscal Studio, decided to provide an enclave from the busy artery. The Pio Pio restaurant offers the flavor of Latin america and an unorthodox connection to the New york City street.

Located in the Hell's Kitchen district of Manhattan (between 34th and 57th Streets), this gritty neighborhood is historically famous for its rough look, busy underworld and ethnic conflicts that inspired the West Side Story. Far from its once notorious culture, this neighborhood is now home to diverse gastronomic experiences, aspiring actors and a fast changing social fabric.

Since transparency is common and expected, Sebastian Mariscal wanted to lead and transport people to a different place - a Latin American place. The 5,268-square-foot space seems improbable when looking at it from its facade. The L-shaped plan provides an opportunity to divide the space into a progression of smaller experiences until it opens up into the main dining space. Spatially, each alcove channels your experience to the rich materials, and only as you move through it, does it unfold the the flavors of Latin America and further disconnect you from the New York City street.

Although Peruvian in its gastronomic experience, Sebastian Mariscal wanted to utilize materials that resonate to the Latin American culture and way of life.

"The original design was for a Mexican Restaurant, but we wanted to connect non literally to the experience of the Latin American Culture. Touching more on emotions in the environment and juxtaposition of space rather than literal cultural elements."

Sebastian Mariscal

The simplicity and humble selection of materials narrates the vernacular architecture in Latin America; concrete, wood and stone. This creates a narrative of contradictions. The wood is Ocotillo Canes that were harvested on a Ranch in Mexico. They were allowed to dry out in the sun for 5 months, then shipped to a kiln in upstate New York, then brought to the site where they debarked by hand. The mixture of contrasting materials sets the tone to a pleasant experience as it amalgamates with the food.

In a sea of steel and glass, the wood and concrete serve a visual and tactile queue to something new, attracting passersby into the space. Its silent, yet distinct sense of arrival serves as an example of how design can speak without the overt use use of typography and graphics (if done correctly). Abrupt turns within the space are softened by the consistent use of horizontal wood planks that direct you though the space, not only acting as skin but also as a directional wayfinding method. The undertone of the space allows the food, people and conversation to be the focus - a cultural staple of Latin American culture. Pio Pio is a must culinary destination if you are in New York City.

به نظر بنده این بهترین طراحی و اجرای سبزیه که تا حالا دیدم. کاری بسیار ارزش‌مند برای شهری مثل نیویورک که اصولا از طبیعت خدا و زیبایی های اون بی بهره شده...
پروژه های لاین عبارته از پل‌هایی که با گذر از رو ساختمون ها و گذرهای خیابونی که ایجاد بامی سبز می کنن و ویژه‌ی عبور و مرور مردم هستند. به این ترتیب پارک هایی طولی داریم که شاه‌راه ها رو به منظور استفاده ی مردم به هم متصل می کنن.
نمی دونم قراره های لاین تا چند قسمت دیگه از منهتن رو پیش بره اما بخش دومی که الان شاهدش هستین خیلی خیلی موفق ظاهر شد. در بعضی نماها واقعا انگار با شهرهای شکوه‌مند گذشته روبه‌رو هستیم.... :)
تنها مشکل اینه که دوست داشتم تصاویری هم از قسمت زیری داشته باشیم تا لااقل ببینیم هزینه‌ای که شهر داده برای این پروژه چی و چقدر بوده که نداشتم. کسی داشت بفرسته...

section 2 of 'the high line' by james corner field operations and diller scofidio + renfro in new york city
all images courtesy the high line
(above) view of 'wildflower field', looking north tower west 29th street
image © 
iwan baan
just in time for the summer, section 2 of the high line has officially opened to the public in new york city.
designed by new york-based practices james corner field operations and diller scofidio + renfro,
the one mile long urban park is recycled from the former elevated freight railroad spur and runs
from gansevvort street in the meatpacking district to west 34th street, between 10th and 11th avenues.

aerial view from west 21st street, looking south along 10th avenue toward the hudson river
image © iwan baan

new to the high line with the opening section 2 include additional access points at west 23rd street,
west 26th street, west 28th street, and west 30th street. the entire park is fully wheelchair-accessible
with two elevators at west 30th street and west 23rd street, supplementing the two existing elevators
at west 14th and 16th streets.

a number of design features are also introduced to the public, such as 'chelsea thicket', a prairie-like
landscape that stretches between west 20th and west 22nd streets; the 'lawn and seating steps',
a 455 m2 grass yard and seating made from reclaimed teak at west 22nd and west 23rd streets;
the 'falcone flyover', a metal walkway over the high line with a living canopy between west 45th and
west 26th streets; and the 'wildflower field', a straight walkway running between west 26th and
west 29th streets alongside a hardy landscape of various species.

elevation of 'wildflower field'
image © iwan baan

full descriptions of the new design features:

wildflower field
between west 26th and west 29th streets, the landscape of the wildflower field is dominated by hardy,
drought-resistance grasses and wildflowers, and features a mix of species that ensures variation in blooms
throughout the growing season. the simplicity of the straight walkway, running alongside the wildflowers
interspersed between the original railroad tracks, allows visitors to appreciate the green axis of the high line,
as it moves through the city. 

'radial bench', a long wooden bench that curves with the pathway for an entire city block between west 29th and west 29th street
image © iwan baan

radial bench
at west 29th street, the high line begins a long, gentle curve towards the hudson river, signifying a transition
to the west side rail yards. the high line's pathway echoes the curve, and a long bank of wooden benches
sweep westward along the edge of the pathway. planting beds behind and in front of the benches line
the curve with greenery. 

'chelsea thicket', a densely-plated area of trees and shrbs between west 20th and west 22nd street
image © iwan baan

chelsea thicket
as visitors move north from the chelsea grasslands' prairie-like landscape, a dense planting of
flowering shrubs and small trees indicates the beginning of a new section of the park, between west 20th
and west 22nd streets. in the chelsea thicket, species like winterberry, redbud, and large american hollies
provide year-round textural and color variation. an under-planting of low grasses, sedges,
and shade-tolerant perennials further emphasizes the transition from grassland to thicket. 

a straight pathway that run alongside wildflowers and the original railroad tracks
image © iwan baan

in front of  'HL23' by los-angeles based firm neil denari architects
click here for our earlier coverage of the project
image © iwan baan

26th street viewing spur
hovering above the historic rail on the east side of the high line at west 26th street, the viewing spur's
frame is meant to recall the billboards that were once attached to the high line. now the frame enhances,
rather than blocks, views of the city. tall shrubs and trees flank the viewing spur's frame, while a platform
with wood benches invites visitors to sit and enjoy views of 10th avenue and chelsea.

'26th street viewing spur', looking east
image © iwan baan

the '26th street viewing spur' in use.
image © barry munger

23rd street lawn and seating steps
the high line opens to a wider area between west 22nd and west 23rd streets, where an extra pair of
rail tracks once served the loading docks of adjacent warehouses. the extra width in this area was
used to create a gathering space, with seating steps made of reclaimed teak anchoring the southern end
of a 4,900-square-foot lawn. at its northern end, the lawn 'peels up', lifting visitors several feet into
the air and offering views of brooklyn to the east and the hudson river and new jersey to the west. 

'23rd street lawn and seating steps', a gathering space between west 22nd and west 23rd street
image © iwan baan

the '23rd street lawn' in use
image © iwan baan

philip a. and lisa maria falcone flyover
between west 25th and west 26th streets, adjacent buildings create a microclimate that once cultivated
a dense grove of tall shrubs and trees. now, a metal walkway rises eight feet above the high line,
allowing groundcover plants to blanket the undulating terrain below, and carrying visitors upward,
into a canopy of sumac and magnolia trees. at various points, overlooks branch off the walkway,
creating opportunities to pause and enjoy views of the plantings below and the city beyond. 

'falcone flyover', an elevated pathway between west 25th and west 27th street
image © iwan baan

'fancone flyover' in use
image © iwan baan

aerial view of 'falcone flyover'
image © iwan baan

evening view of 'falcone flyover'
image © iwan baan

(left) aerial view of 'rainbow city' presented by AOL, an environmental and interactive art installation by friendswithyou, on view from june to early july at the lot
image © friends of the high line
(right) aerial view of '30th street cut-out and viewing platform'
image © friends of the high line

aerial view from from west 30th street, looking west toward the empire state building
image © iwan baan

aerial view from west 30th street, looking south toward the statue of liberty and the world trade center siteimage © iwan baan

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