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
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
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
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.
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.