As part of the neighborhood's development, including Columbia University's Manhattanville campus and public waterfront park, MNLA's design for 125th Street unites these to create a dynamic civic realm that simultaneously looks to the future while acknowledging the history of West Harlem.
The site boundaries are framed by the dramatic elevated transportation structures of a subway and highway viaduct. Using these bookended structures, the design reinforces the river’s view corridor by placing trees, street lighting, and seating elements to frame the sight lines. Both structures are internally illuminated to accentuate their lacey yet powerful structural systems.
The project’s aesthetic inspiration draws from the geologic valley formation that results in elevated infrastructure within the project area.