This Is the Future New York City Where I Want to Live

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This enormous building looks like a marine invertebrate has devoured the intersection of two major train lines in Queens. It's part of a futuristic proposal to convert this transit hub into high density housing and live-work spaces. The thing is so crazy it just might work.

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Over at The Atlantic Cities, Jenny Xie describes the project, dreamt up by designers Chad Kellogg and Matt Bowles:

To develop their concept, the pair picked the intersection of the Long Island Railroad and MTA 7 Train in the New York City borough of Queens as their test site. According to the project description, this intervention is an opportunity to "draw the energy of Manhattan out into the four other boroughs without disrupting existing land use."

The proposed structure would offer convenient access to Manhattan as well as amenities for work, play, and rest — all within a pedestrian zone. Sound tubes, as employed in Rem Koolhaas's IIT McCormick Tribune Campus Center, would negate noise from the trains. And instead of concrete, the typical material found in the city's mid-rise residential buildings, Urban Alloy Towers would use glass and steel. This choice maximizes cantilever possibilities and enables facade panels to be mass-customized for daylighting and shading.

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Illustration for article titled This Is the Future New York City Where I Want to Live
Illustration for article titled This Is the Future New York City Where I Want to Live

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davidbullaro
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I don't buy the sound tubes. The bottom render shows what would be a loud loud exterior space. Filled with people and moving trains. The lighting is nice but imagine the lighting in winter. Austere and artificial.

The intervention in the city is completely outside the character and scale of the surrounding cityscape and screams "ego-architecture" without creating a solution to the problem they are professing to solve it is instead dwarfing the surrounds, casting huge shadows down on smaller buildings and creating an enormous dark under area where natural light will almost never venture, like living under a bridge.

As a sculpture it is interesting in a "I can use Rhino well" kind of thing but as architecture it really just seems so unsuited to all its functions that I can't parse why anyone would think it is the appropriate solution to a transit hub, and certainly an overbearing overwrought solution to transit oriented development.

The only way I could see something like this being viable is to scale it down and spread it out into mini towers a various nodes through out Queens, using the structural system to bend the towers so that they don't shade parks, public spaces or existing amenities.

The reason this looks like it was plunked down in the middle of Queens like a sea monster is it was plunked down in the middle of Queens without regards to anything else but the transit corridor.