What If Central Park Was Surrounded By Glass Walls?

Could a New Yorker ever imagine Central Park being demolished and then surrounded by a giant glass wall on all sides? Well a couple of designers just did. What’s more, their idea won first place in eVolo Magazine’s 2016 Skyscraper Competition.

The project description isn’t the most informative, but it seems like the winning duo, Yitan Sun and Jianshi Wu, want to get rid of the existing Central Park, lower the ground by 100 feet, and then erect a 1000-foot glass wall that runs all around the Park. It looks like they want to maintain the park in one form or another, but the renderings certainly bear no resemblance to the existing landscape.

This 1000-foot superstructure would be 80 times bigger than the Empire State Building, but it’s not exactly clear whether the designers intend for it to be just a glass wall or a habitable building.

What they do want however is to make “make Central Park available to more people.”

With its highly reflective glass cover on all sides, the landscape inside the new park can reach beyond physical boundaries, creating an illusion of infinity. In the heart of New York City, a New Horizon is born.

And so it follows that the designers have called it New York Horizon. The second place finish in the competition would perhaps qualify as even more outlandish than the first: A skyscraper made out of drones.

Josh Gleyfano

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