Park Avenue is an iconic stretch of famed urban, yet luxurious streetscape flanked by some of the most prime office buildings in the world. Fisher Brothers decided to see what would happen if architects and urban planners had a go at updating the streetscape between East 46th and East 57th streets. From the 17 finalist, “Park Park” by Maison won the $25,000 prize from Fisher Brother's Beyond the Centerline design competition while Local Architects, the designers for “Park River” took home a $5,000 award.
Park Park by Maison
Maison's Ben Meade, Anthony Stahl, and Alexia Beghi entry "Park Park" won the competition via jury vote. The proposal called for raised installations acting as experiential entertainment venues accessible by residents and visitors alike. Features would include an art installation including a "triplet of glass cubes," elevated basketball court, and a seasonally-curated pathway known as "The Gardens."
Park River by Local Architects
“Park River,” by Local Architect's Amy Garlock, Drew Crowdrey, and Fareez Giga won the popular vote. The design is made up of multiple water features that would add recreational opportunities including boating and ice skating in the winter. The proposal would essential transform 11 blocks of Midtown into artificial waterfront property known as the "Park River."
Photos via Maison and Local Architects