ARCHITECTURE: Highbridge in_flux

by Raymond Herrera

Storefront, Highbridge in_flux, Design Workshop 2012

The Parsons Design Workshop has teamed up with the NYC Parks & Recreation Department and the City Parks Foundation for five years, starting in 2011, to help revitalize some of it’s sites. The group is made up of Parsons undergraduate and graduate students who provide pro bono architectural design/build services to non-profit organizations across the United States. This year’s team consists of seven graduate students and one undergrad, lead by Alfred Zollinger, co-principal of Matter Practice, and John Loercher. They will expand their previous project, Splash House, at the Highbridge Pool and Recreation Center, which consisted of two poolside pavilions, by enclosing a portico that connects two buidings on the site.

Interior, Highbridge in_flux, Design Workshop 2011

The proposed enclosure will allow the kids that use the center to move through the buidings year round without bundling up. For our friends who live in places with mild winters, picture loosing valuable playtime as a kid because you can’t find a glove or your hat. Last year’s project created a solution for our ever hotter summers by freeing up the rec center buildings that were closed to the public when they doubled as changing rooms.

Big graphics, a media area, table tennis, a giant chalk board, high ceilings, nautral lighting, clean lines, and bright green accent colors in a space that the people of Washington Heights can enjoy on a day when you can fry an egg on the pavement or freeze one is a win for the community. The Design Workshop has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise $15,000 by Sunday June 17th for material costs. Helping to fund this project will provide a space that not only connects two buildings, but New Yorkers as well.

Interior, Highbridge in_flux, Design Workshop 2012