HAO (Holm Architecture Office), along with five other New York design offices, have been invited to participate in the re-design of the Coleman Oval Skate Park and the master planning of the Coleman Oval Park. The competition is sponsored by Architecture for Humanity. The Coleman Oval Park, situated partly under the Manhattan Bridge, has long suffered from lack of exposure, little upkeep, and the “off the beaten path” factor. More images and architects’ description after the break.
By re-imagining the park and developing its program specifically to suit the unique character and demographic mix of the surrounding neighborhood, Coleman Oval Park has the potential to become a true focal point for the local community.
With the new skate park as the cornerstone of the revitalization of the Coleman Oval Park, we propose a plug-and-play design strategy that can be developed in phases while still establishing a strong overall, comprehensive design strategy.
“By creating a park that emphasizes and underlines local diversity Coleman Oval Park has the potential to become a one of a kind city park, simply by accommodating the potential of the dense urban area it sits within: the secret is in the mix,” said Jens Holm, founder, HAO. Architects: HOA (Holm Architecture Office) Location: Coleman Oval Park, Manhattan, New York, United States Team: Jens Holm, Niklas Thormark Program: Playground, Skate Park, Public Park, Stage, Dog Run, Base Ball Field & Sports Program Type: Invited Competition Size: 14.400 SF Skate Park & 35.000 SF Park / 1300 M2 Skate Park & 3250 M2 Park Client: Architecture for Humanity & Steve Rodriguez / 5boro Collaborators: Niklas Thormark Status: Ongoing