yitan sun and jianshi wu propose to build 1,000-foot walls around excavated central park
yitan sun and jianshi wu propose to build 1,000-foot walls around excavated central park
mar 25, 2016

yitan sun and jianshi wu propose to build 1,000-foot walls around excavated central park

yitan sun and jianshi wu propose to build 1,000-foot walls around excavated central park
all images by yitan sun and jianshi wu / courtesy of eVolo




this ‘hybrid multi-functional megastructure’ has been designed to make new york’s central park available to more people. conceived by yitan sun and jianshi wu the proposal has been awarded first place in eVolo’s annual skyscraper competition. densely populated with skyscrapers, nature in manhattan comes in the form of a 1.3 square mile piece of land — central park. however, as a consequence of its location, only a small percentage of new yorkers are able to benefit from this vast public garden each day.

a reflective glass surface surrounds the park on all sides




in an attempt to make this green space available to more people, the proposed design digs down to reveal the bedrock beneath central park. in turn, this creates new inhabitable space along the exposed cliff-face. ‘the ambition is to reverse the traditional relationship between landscape and architecture, in a way that every occupiable space has direct connection to the nature,’ explains yitan sun and jianshi wu.

the proposed design digs down to reveal the bedrock beneath central park




the 1000-feet tall, 100-feet deep megastructure provides a total floor area of 7 square miles, which is about 80 times greater than the empire state building. wrapping around all four sides of central park, the system breaks the traditional perception of large-scale skyscrapers without taking valuable ground area away from manhattan. the soil removed from the original park is relocated to various neighborhoods, which would then be demolished and moved into the new structure.


this creates a new urban condition, where landscape can serve as an inherent part of the city,’ continue the designers. ‘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.’








  • How could anyone conceive destroying the work of genius by Fredrick Law Olmstead? Don’t touch the park!

    Willy says:
  • A massive intervention for a solutions that completely remove the paths for walking or running or just enjoy some free time on the nature. It is just positive for the panorama view, not for really appreciate the new layout in NY.

  • beautiful idea

    Jordan Rothery says:
  • reflection of sun i hope not melting buildings ?:)

    radoslav lukic says:
  • Beautiful. But I think the opposite will happen – a high glass wall to give us a view of New York as Atlantis. Our horizon line is changing. New New York may rise as a mega-structure above Central Park.

    Stefan says:
  • This is more about “walls”..keeping people out than in letting more people have access to Central Park. Look at the design and presentation closely…. Especially the “one man” standing on cliff like rock. Maybe the architects are vying for the contract for the Trump wall.

  • That is a cool idea, nice images too.
    Although I am not sure about demolishing parts of the inhabited city as a result. Perhaps thinking a bit bigger by using the excess earth to create more islands nearby manhattan, creating a network of mountains…

    JAY says:
  • I question how this change in the park could accommodate more people. All that’s being done, essentially, is lowering the level of the park. Changing the topography MIGHT do something, but it risks taking away the beauty that Central Park already has.

    Adding another level to the park to increase surface area is one suggestion; but don’t forget that that can potentially inhibit how much daylight is reached to the lower level(s).

    If the people in charge of the park can, then expand outwards and add more existing ground to the park. And I stress “if they CAN” do that.

    JJ says:
  • No idea of how animals (I assume there are a still a few flying ones left today) will react ..

    Kerstine says:
  • bit of a mission to get a hotdawg

    ricky says:
  • This is all below the water table right? Will this not just become a loch?

    Steve says:
  • The Egg of Columbus Center – Zenghelis – 1973

  • Nice idea. Maybe this kind of a wall can be interesting between USA and Mexico. The illusion is perfect: It looks open, but its closed. What you think Donald?

    Ron says:
  • We should integrate the city with nature as seamlessly as possible, not alienate it by making it more inaccessible. This proposal makes the park a prized possession only for viewing and Instagram pictures, possibly increasing tourism. What about the interaction of humans with nature?

    Arkodeep Sen says:

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