Our proposal for Park Avenue is a new manmade ‘forest’ consisting of a
large tree-like canopy built from structural bamboo. The new landscape’s
complex, tree-like forms would generate a pattern that reflects light and
shadow, visually engaging visitors during the day. Carefully orchestrated
LED lighting integrated with the structure would also provide a gentle,
nature-friendly light display at night.
We believe that cities need nature and eco-systems; this led us to this
design, based on biophilic design principles, driven by the direct and
analogous use of natural materials and forms. Our aim is to take the Park
Avenue median footprint and widen it to generate this new ‘savanna’
environment, weaving nature into the everyday life of Manhattan.
The experience of the outdoors and connection to nature would be
achieved through the complex geometric pattern of the canopy, which
would be produced in resilient, self-supporting structural engineered
bamboo, in natural tones. The canopy design derives from a complex
three-dimensional pattern that redefines the idea of nature in cities.
Its visual appearance on the urban horizon line is based on a fractal
dimension between1.3 and 1.5, reflecting the savanna profile.
The concept is designed to take advantage of the genetic predisposition
of humans to landscape topography in general and the savanna in
The urban jungle in Manhattan
Below: the canopy has a complex geometry, based on fractals, which during the
day creates a play of light and shadow
Opposite: at night the gentle lighting changes slowly to avoid disturbing wildlife
GAD Architecture design principal Gokhan Avcioglu presents the studio’s proposal for Park Avenue Park, a forest-like canopy
of bamboo that returns a form of natural environment to New York, including flora and fauna. The concept uses the play of light
and biophilic design principles to create a more relaxed public space for the local community