Urban Sanctuary

New York, NY  |  PHOTOS: RIVER ARCHITECTS

 
 

In the spring of 2003, River Architects proposed to New York Council on the Arts to study incidental spaces of New York City to give them new meaning. We proposed to develop ideas by which we would build on the existing layers of New York City's urban context. Through these interventions, we hope to increase opportunities for people to gather, share ideas, and develop a stronger sense of community and urban ecology. 

One example is the in-habitation of the space created by two BILLBOARDS hovering several hundred feet up in the sky. This void could become the perfect setting for a gathering space and urban sanctuary that generates its revenue THROUGH the building's skin.