Flatiron Sky-Terrarium: Manhattan’s Green Hub


Name: Mahmoud Esmat

Nationality: Egyptian

Institution / Company: Pinnacle Misr


Name: Islam Zohier

Nationality: Egyptian 

Institution / Company: Pinnacle Misr 


Name: Bassel Mamdouh

Nationality: Egyptian

Institution / Company: Al Estsharyoon Zuhair Fayez Partnership


Name: Al Hussein Ben Aly

Nationality: Egyptian 

Institution / Company: Pinnacle Misr


-FINALIST of Manhattan Wildscraper Competition


Manhattan, the once bio-diverse and natural forest, has become an urbanized metropolitan city, and the forest that once was, is now many skyscrapers touching the sky. Yet in central park remains a part of this early forest. The question is, can we re-nature Manhattan and bring back the biodiversity to the region by connecting the rest of the parks to Central Park? We propose an intervention on two scales, an urban intervention with a principal green corridor running on top of Broadway starting from Central Park to connect the old to the new, and a network of elevated green corridors and green hubs for neighbourhoods that connect between the parks and landmarks of Manhattan. 

On the architectural scale, we propose the adaptive reuse of existing high-rise buildings. As a case study we chose the Flatiron building, an early 20th century skyscraper, right next to Madison square park where the Connector from central park will be passing through, a perfect site. A terrarium is added on top of Flatiron housing different animal and plant species that visitors can interact with, and animal houses are added below Madison Park which is elevated. Flatiron, the once revolutionary skyscraper, now leads the Sky-Terrarium revolution.


#Forests & Deforestation # Sense of belonging & Placemaking # Vertical forests # Urban Parks & Community Gardens #Repopulation & Endangered Species

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