Descent into a secret landscape of both active and forgotten infrastructure exposes visitors to the organs of a living, breathing city. Motion is abstracted and revealed at key moments punctuated by intrusions of light, sound, and touch.
A PLACE FOR REFLECTION HIDDEN BELOW THE CITY STREETS
Vernon Roether 08Entering the Sky Cave

What's special about Sky Cave park is its ability to alter your perspective of the city. Visitors descend into a secret landscape of both active and forgotten infrastructure, experiencing the organs of a living, breathing city. Motion is abstracted and revealed though special moments punctuated by intrusions of light, sound, and touch.

Vernon Roether 07Lightwells allow for individual moments of meditation away from the city

Vernon Roether 03Larger public corridors create new environments beneath the street

60,000 square feet of abandoned MTA infrastructure connected to an active subway platform at Delancey Street, the park acts as a critical connective thread, taking the dangerous intersection at Delancey and Essex Streets and reclaiming it for the pedestrian. It stitches the subway platform and the neighborhood north of Delancey with the new SPURA development project to the south as well as the new proposed Essex Market site. The project is a new typology of city node, a marriage between the transit hub and the public park.

Vernon Roether 04Plan of project in the Delancey trolley station space

Vernon Roether 05Section of isolated corridor

Vernon Roether 06Section of public corridor

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