THE EDGE

Perspective North Entrance
Perspective North Entrance

This extreme sports cultural center was located on the Hudson River in West Harlem. Pedestrian access was achieved via a new bridge connected to existing park space. A single path splits halfway leaving a visitor to make the first decision on how to proceed. Similar choices are made by those who engage in the sports celebrated within this center. Unlike mainstream sports, there is no single path.

Cultural Center Reception
Cultural Center Reception

Maintaining a connection with the outdoors was achieved with liberal glazing. This was crucial as all the activities under the umbrella term extreme sports occur outside.

Extreme Water Entry View
Extreme Water Entry View

Collapsing walls bring uncomfortable and perhaps anxious moments to those passing through the space, much like the experience of participating in these sports. And floating bridges with people passing overhead not only aid in way finding but reinforce the active movement and dynamic nature of extreme sports.

Extreme Land Pavilion
Extreme Land Pavilion

This rock climbing hall allows for instruction and practice year round as artificial stone walls pierce the outer glazed enclosure allowing access from inside as well as from outdoors.

Cafe Space
Cafe Space

Inspired by the path taken from urban skate boarders, the cash wrap, dropped ceiling, eating surfaces and seating are a seemingly continuous circuit. Exterior seating allows a diner's feet to dangle over the Hudson with views toward New Jersey.

Staff Work Area
Staff Work Area

This open office space provides for collaborative interaction between employees with storage cabinetry generally defining areas for various administrative groups.

STEPHEN PECK