nooyoon proposes upside down bridge connector for queensway NY nooyoon proposes upside down bridge connector for queensway NY
feb 19, 2014

nooyoon proposes upside down bridge connector for queensway NY

nooyoon proposes upside down bridge connector for queensway NY
all images courtesy of nooyoon




the project ‘upside down bridge’ by hyuntek-yoon of american studio nooyoon proposes an overturned archway for the abandoned queensway railway in queens. creating a vague relationship between its surrounding horizontal and vertical conditions, the inverted structure connects the ground with the isolated space above. opening up the visual and physical corridors between two urban fabrics, the transformed typology provides a smooth transition from the street level to the railway.

playing basketball at the plaza



the intersection between the vertical and horizontal connection that nooyoon created is called ‘the plaza’ and it will be used as a versatile public space. seeking to accommodate many people and different programs, a kitchen is positioned on the hill, which offers an urban farming experience to the community with the area located below being used for indoor activities. the ‘upside-down bridge’ can be reproduced at several locations from the southern to the northern section of the railway to help activate local communities. 

render showing a concert at the plaza



the queensway once represented connection and productivity, but is now a hollow piece of urban infrastructure that functions as a void and wall boundary. new york has a good precedent of abandoned railway redevelopments such as the high line – the two are similar in their physical state, however the neighborhoods are quite different. the high line is located in one of the busiest and touristy areas in manhattan, while the queensway is situated in a local residential environment. this means that the design needs to blend in with existing local communities physically and programmatically, and provide a space to revitalize and invigorate the everyday life of its inhabitants.

the elevated bike lane


the integrated kitchen garden


view of the community center


diagram showing all the components


axonometric section




concept diagrams



project info:


competition: the queensway connection: elevating the public realm competition
award: honorable mention
AIANY: emerging new york architects (ENYA)
designer: nooyoon by hyuntek yoon
program: urban infrastructure
location: queens, new york
year: feb, 2014



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