Register: APR/29/2018, Submit: MAY/13/2018, Eligibility: Architecture (and related fields) undergraduate students; graduate, masters, and PhD students who obtained undergraduate degree less than 3 years ago; young professional architects who graduated less than 10 years ago; individually, teams (interdisciplinary – photographers, artists, philosophers, etc.) up to 6 members, Fee: 60,50 EUR (JAN/12 – MAR/04/2018), 90,75 EUR (MAR/05 – APR/01/2018), 121 EUR (APR/02 – APR/29/2018), (VAT included), Awards: Students: 1st Prize 2,000 EUR, 2nd Prize 700 EUR, 3rd Prize 300 EUR, 10 Honorable Mentions; Young architects: 1st Prize 2,000 EUR, 3 Honorable Mentions
New York is a great city whose global significance exceeds the limits of its contained geography. With only 87 km2, the city of New York has been a protagonist to many movies, stories and collective dreams. Considered by some as the capital of the world, the city is a metropolis where anything can happen. New York is the densest city in the United States, and it is the paradigm of a compact, dense and functional city. The extreme density of the plot allows an exemplary urban development in terms of mix of uses and development of public transport. The neighborhoods have character and the people are heterogeneous, providing a rich cultural diversity where the cultural legacy, customs and leisure are intermingled.
In cultural matters New York is the birthplace of art, fashion, design and one of the world’s benchmarks in terms of architecture. In its streets we can find the Guggenheim Museum by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Whitney Museum by Marcel Breuer, and the acclaimed Empire State Building and Chrysler Building, among others. The city is constantly reinventing itself as demonstrated by the latest projects by Norman Foster, Herzog & de Meuron and the latest interventions that seek a more human scale such as the Highline Park and the pedestrianization of Times Square by Snohetta.
New York is the emblematic city of professional progress, great ambitions and large corporations. A place where the idea of success in society is pursued, although in many cases it is accompanied by long working hours and the difficulty of combining it with your personal life. Many of the offices were designed with the objective of making employees as productive as possible regardless of the spatial quality or the well-being of the employees. The work spaces are often places of large dimensions, with little relation to the outside and little natural light. People spend a third of the day or more in these impersonalized and extremely repetitive places.
But New York is much more than just offices. New York is intense, it is the city of the artists, the city of the tourists, the city of the theaters, the city of the stock exchange, the city of restaurants and much more. It is known as the city that never sleeps and where many realities fit at the same time; from Woody Allen to Donald Trump. Therefore, does it make sense to continue making buildings that serve only one use? Can a mix use building generate productive and collective spaces for the enjoyment of all the community?
In a city where the intensity prevails, we propose the creation of a new vertical space that shelters mixed uses. ARCHmedium proposes a competition for the creation of a large hybrid building that generates quality work spaces, temporary housing, cultural and leisure spaces in New York City. The NYVC aims to create quality work spaces where people can relax and have fun but also be productive. A new place where it is possible to combine working life with personal life, through day care centers, cafeterias and leisure areas. In addition to traditional offices, the building will contain coworking spaces and a start-up incubator.
The tower will have a hotel space for visitors, exhibition areas, meeting places and a restaurant and bar open to the city. We propose a tower for the city of the 21st century where urban life is condense and integrated into the plot of public spaces in New York. A small vertical city inside the city that never sleeps.
New York is a city where each neighborhood has its character and its particular history. The site chosen for the NYVC competition is located in the neighborhood of Hell´s Kitchen. Hell’s Kitchen is an enclave of intensity and civic life where a large number of restaurants, shops and bars are located. In addition to being famous for its culinary activity, Hell´s Kitchen is the neighbor- hood where the vast majority of new real estate developments are being built. In its streets you can see projects of the most prestigious architecture studios in the world. Only two blocks away is the exemplary Hearst Tower by Norman Foster and a few blocks more is the W57th Tower by the Danish studio BIG.
The plot of the competition is located in an exceptional corner, in the intersection of 9th Avenue and W54th Street. With 42 m long and 45 m wide the chosen site for the NYVC competition is located in downtown Manhattan and close to Times Square, Penn Station and Central Park. It is very well connected with the subway station, public transport and the citi bikes of New York. It is also close to the tunnel that connects NYC with New Jersey and to the New York Passenger Ship Terminal.
The NYVC tower presumes to be a new vertical icon in the city of New York therefore it should respond to the skyline of New York City. At the same time, it should be a natural continuity of the street, accordingly, a great hall should welcome the visitors as a continuity of the public spaces of the city. Through its cultural program, the tower is established as a point of access to culture and invites citizens to use it. The cultural spaces are multi-purpose rooms where art is exhibited. They can be three rooms of 300 m2 or a great room of 900 m2. In the grand Hall of NYVC are the reception areas for the offices and the hotel.
The total surface of the competition is 39000 m2. In addition to complying with the program, the vertical communication cores, the necessary circulations and two services for each plant should be included. You can add or reduce the surfaces by 10% depending on the will of each project. The surfaces of the rooms can be used in complete or subdivided into as many rooms as considered appropriate. The precise resolution of the surfaces enunciated in the program will not be given exhaustive attention, but rather to the relation of the program with the city. The competition does not establish height limits.
- Cultural spaces: 3 x 300 m2
- Cafeteria: 500 m2
- Restaurant: 1000 m2
- Hall NYVC: 600 m2
Total: 3000 m2
WORK & LIFE
- Offices: 12000 m2
- Coworking: 4500 m2
- Start-up incubators: 4500 m2
- Children’s day care: 750 m2
- Leisure center: 750 m2
Total: 22500 m2
- Hotel: 12000 m2
- Restaurant: 1500 m2
Total: 13500 m2
TOTAL 39000 m2