The Central Park offers it´s visitors a unique experience allowing them to get in touch with nature in Manhattan’s heart. EL TECHO is meant to be an alternative in which visitors are invited to discover the park from a different perspective. Olmsted´s original design consists of a series of layers; topography, bodies of water, buildings and paths, that come together to create one of the world´s most remarkable public spaces. EL TECHO is thought as a new layer that encourages it´s visitors to experience the Central Park trough a 1,7 km long roof that creates countless different spaces throughout it´s length, that doesn’t interfere with the original design.
Inspirated by the way in which Broadway breaks through Manhattan’s grid creating the most unusual and exciting urban spaces of the island, EL TECHO is thought as a straight line that´s placed between two of the busiest summer spaces of the Central Park: The Great Lawn and Jacqueline Kennedy Reservoir. The pavilion breaks trough Olmsted´s design to encourage a new understanding of the park throughout its course, creating different atmospheres that relate to it´s surroundings and allow different activities to take place.
EL TECHO is a basic roof made up from one of the most primary elements of architecture; concrete beams. These beams support on exciting rocks where it is possible, making the column optically disappear amongst existing elements. Throughout the pavilion beams change in size and separation depending on the atmosphere desired underneath the roof, this way, columns become the elements that generate the intimacy of the space that is to be created. Vegetation remains intact throughout the intervention; trees break through the roof enhancing the space around them.
Given it´s dimensions, EL TECHO provides a great shadow that combined with the humidity of the plants underneath it and the chance of ventilation given by the dimension of the concrete beams, becomes a well received break from New York´s hot summer weather without the necessity of electronic equipment.
The Great Lawn is the place where you go to see and be seen. Here EL TECHO can become a stage or a perfect place for a book launch.
The Lake is a great place to get in touch with nature in a more intimate way. EL TECHO becomes a small walkway where visitors can discover The Lake like they have never done it before.
The Ramble, where trees are bigger and closer together, a net covers the structure. Here visitors can play around nature or just chill surrounded by Central Park´s unique vegetation.
The Exhibition Space. The space underneath the roof becomes more intimate, creating perfect spaces for meditation or art exhibitions. On top of the structure there is enough space for a fair, even a circus.
The Jacqueline Kennedy Reservoir, here the pavilion becomes a deck over the water, creating a perfect space for small performances or a runaway.