Brooklyn's WNYC Transmitter Park opens this month designed by WXY Architecture + Urban Design
Just this month WNYC Transmitter Park has opened to the public, offering new local green space and a place for leisurely activities. Set on the former location of a pair of radio transmitter towers, the latest addition to New York City's public parks offers an esplanade and pier overlooking Manhattan and the East River, and a major improvement to the overall quality of life in North Brooklyn.
For the creation of WNYC Transmitter Park, also known as an 'urban emerald,' WXY Architecture + Urban Design of Manhattan has developed the use of public space creating an unusually shaped pier, a pedestrian bridge, and a sleek, sustainably designed water fountain, amongst other furnishings. In addition to this the architects worked closely with AECOM's Donna Walcavage, in creating the furnishing and structural elements of the park.
"Public green space is a precious thing, especially in a city as dense and developed as New York.," says Claire Weisz, AIA, founding principal of WXY. "The waterfront was once an integral part of the lives of the people of this city. Our hope is that projects like Transmitter Park can help bridge the people and the water. That impetus gave us a direction for our contributions to the park."
Built from scored concrete and metal grating, the footbridge provides access across the park and a vantage point from which to observe tidal waters and local flora and fauna. The most impressive single item in the redevelopment plan for the park, WXY's design for the pier combines long bridge-like spans zigzagging between concrete pilings with deck spaces for observation and relaxation - nicknamed "pier pods" - that jut out from the pier itself.
A shade assembly and a fishing station will also adorn the structure, which is already being compared favourably to the Highline, Manhattan's elevated park. Views from the pier include those of Transmitter Park itself, as well as of the expansive skyline of Manhattan.
Transmitter Park feature seating from WXY's River Bench system, plus the Z Rail, installed for safety at the water's edge along the esplanade and all along the pier. The sleek, modern steel railing is notable for its space-saving design, which is particularly useful on paths enjoyed by both pedestrians and cyclists, not to mention fishing enthusiasts.
In addition a new design has been introduced into the park. A landmark in an urban space, the 2030 Fountain minimizes water waste by emphasizing the employment of refillable bottles and by catching splash. The fountain, which is also universally accessible and wheelchair-approachable, has been featured in various design media.