Article by Frank Bourque – Dock Street Roof Terrace, by James Corner Field Operations, in DUMBO neighborhood, Brooklyn, New York Have you ever wondered what living with panoramic views of Manhattan looks like? Well, you don’t have to wonder anymore. The Dock Street Roof Terrace transforms the dream of many to reality, and offers a pleasant experience that will give you another view of Manhattan and its urban architecture from up above. So, What is the Dock Street Roof Terrace?
Dock Street Roof Terrace
The name refers to a landscape architecture project that recreates a rooftop and gives it a unique perspective. The location for this Dock Street Roof Terrace is hand-picked and perfectly nested in the urban fabric, offering spectacular panoramic views of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge, the East River, and the Manhattan Skyline.With nearly 6,000 square feet of space, this garden is located on the corner of W 36th Street and 10th Avenue, in what is known as the DUMBO neighborhood in Brooklyn, on top of a seventeen-story apartment complex which was designed by Leeser Architecture and developed by Two Trees Management. James Corner Field Operations is the company that puts the cherry on the sundae with this amazing rooftop terrace that allows every resident to view the panoramic scenery of the skyline, river, and bridges through the prism of modern landscape architecture. The terrace allows residents to see the beauty of New York surrounded by a meadow of various grasses, each giving the space a special charm and intimacy. Whether it’s for an event, relaxing, outdoor drinking with a view, or just exploring, it is the perfect place to be for these residents.
Meadow in the Sky
This project has been carried out by James Corner Field Operations. As they state on their official page, they created a ‘meadow in the sky’ that carves out a series of distinct rooms and environments oriented towards each of the unique views. So, the Dock Street Roof Terrace is not only a terrace which highlights different views. It is actually a terrace which recreates several different environments, each tailored to a unique ‘vista’ (view), and offering a continuous horizon from a modern architectural viewpoint.
What Makes This NYC Roof Terrace Special
Obviously, this roof terrace is not the first or the last roof terrace in the Big Apple. In fact, it is just one of the many modern landscape architecture pearls that balance great views with great architecture. However, the Dock Street Roof Terrace has something that sets it apart from the competition and gives it a unique edge. The focal point that makes this roof terrace a modern landscape architecture project is actually the mirrored cube it features, which transforms an existing egress stair into a focal point and creates a continuous horizon that reflects the urban metropolis views. Along with that, it offers premium comfort and convenience for sitting, dining, and/or entertaining.Featuring custom alcove benches, linear water features which can even cool your feet on a hot day, and large wood decks, Scandinavian-style design leaves its mark on this amazing project as well. The dining area is surrounded by a tall meadow composed of various grasses and perennials including Moor Grass, Coneflower, Yarrow and Calamint plants which make the Dock Street Roof Terrace in NYC a great example of landscape architecture using unique plants and complementing them with solid, state-of-the-art design.
The Lust to See it in Person
Let’s face it, no words could describe the glorious views this NYC roof terrace can bring to residents. So if you don’t have a chance to see it, the truth is, you will miss a lot. However, reading about it can let you experience it through these high quality photos.The Dock Street Roof Terrace once again proves that modern landscape architecture is becoming a huge thing nowadays. Also, it brings to the forefront the entire idea of utilizing this concept in the spaces with glorious views and making them truly special in the eyes of both residents of and visitors to (in this case), New York City. The entire idea of landscape architecture and projects like these is to create a modern, yet comfortable space, in which the main use can vary. That being said, guests visiting the Dock Street Roof Terrace can enjoy the ambiance while walking around it, cooling their feet in the waters, or dining while watching the sunset.
What the Dock Street Roof Terrace Means From a Promotional Aspect
The promotional aspect behind this project is huge. Aside from Field Operations, the company that designed this rooftop terrace in NYC, the project itself works as the biggest advertisement for the progress of landscape architecture in the United States over the last couple of years. On top of that, it gives a solid answer to the question of utilizing modern spaces through the environment-saving prism. In other words, every visitor to the Dock Street Roof Terrace can see the idea behind landscape architecture and what it aims to achieve in the modern world. More precisely, visitors can see how versatile and environmentally-friendly this project is and why New York as a city needs more of its character. This clearly scratches the surface of the future of architecture and how everyone will start to utilize it in their own spaces.
Wooden picnic tables that can easily be converted to high-fashion and luxury dining tables, a wood deck that is a pleasure to walk on, and glorious views at any time of the day; that is the Dock Street Roof Terrace in a nutshell. Yet, these words fail to give you even the slightest idea of the experience you can have at this NYC roof terrace. It is up to you to be part of the glorious views of Manhattan and climb up on this wonderful Dock Street Terrace. Surrounded by the sky and the urban appeal of New York, this project won’t fail to amaze you. The question is, does New York need more of its kind?
Full Project Credits For Dock Street Roof Terrace :
Project: Dock Street Roof Terrace Designer: James Corner Field Operations (with project team including the names of James Corner, RLA, Founding Partner, “Design Director”; Lisa Switkin, Principal in Charge; Isabel Castilla, Senior Associate, “Project Manager”; Chi-Yin Lee, Designer) Size: 5,608 sq. feet Location: DUMBO neighborhood, Brooklyn, New York Date of Construction: Spring 2015 Client: Two Trees Management Company Recommended Reading:
- Becoming an Urban Planner: A Guide to Careers in Planning and Urban Design by Michael Bayer
- Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design With Nature by Douglas Farrs
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