Fort Tilden Field House - New York
# Architecture # Competition # Vision
SUCKER PUNCH COMPETITION
in collaboration with Studio Higgs.
This ideas competition serves to investigate architectural problems such as form, engagement with landscape, materiality, structure and aperture while also investigating ambitions of architectural atmosphere, styling, effects, and mood. new conceptions of digital processes and fabrications are called for to successfully create a sophisticated strategy.
A strategy that integrates architecture and landscape while also investigating per-formative opportunities whether in the building’s systems and their materiality or in the way the building curates mood and organises leisure. the program calls for a creative architectural solution of versatility and adaptability in order to enable various programmatic uses depending on both the time of day and the time of year.
The field house will exist as a storage facility, meeting place, and social center connected to the new playing fields at fort tilden. the site offers remote, clean land ideal for recreation while still being within new york city’s orbit. the fields and field house should be conceived as existing for little league play, use by local high schools, as well as adult club sports. the field house will contain facilities related to sports such as locker rooms, train- ing rooms, as well as social areas including a lounge, cafe, and observation deck. the cafe and lounge will be used for causal socialising following games as well as more formal events such as sports banquets and be available for events such as weddings or private parties. the fields will allow for the playing of football, soccer, baseball, softball, and track and field as well as access to the nearby trails for runners and cross country events. the field house will also contain year round basketball courts, tennis courts, and a pool.
located on the rock away peninsula in queens new york, fort tilden is a surreal, hidden oasis nestled close enough for manhattan residents to spend a day at the beach but far enough away from the hustle of the city to feel remote. the fort, 25 miles from manhattan facing the atlantic ocean, functioned from 1917 to the early seventies. established during WWI, the fort became more heavily armed and fortified during the 1940s. the arsenal included smooth-bore cannons, sixteen inch naval rifles, and nike ajax and hercules air defence missiles. the base was decommissioned in 1974 and turned over to the national park service becoming part of the gateway national recreation area. the remnants of the fort still exist on the site including the missile pads and concrete bunkers burrowed into the sand dunes. the beach is open to the public and local fishermen and its adjacent grassy fields house several playing fields and buildings occupied by cultural groups such as the rock away artists alliance and the rock away theater company. paths meander through the park and allow for exceptional bird watching as well as glimpses of a distant manhattan. the park is located between the beach community of breezy point and Jacob Rijs beach which is a popular destination in the summer for new yorkers. transportation includes easy access from Brooklyn and Manhattan via the A train, by ferry across Jamaica bay or by bus or bike across the marine parkway bridge.
This proposal suggests exaggerating the distinctive and surprising landscape of the Rockaway Peninsula coastal dunes. The new landscape will provide natural shelter for a camouflage field house built within a dune, sheltered sports fields in the valleys between the dunes and natural formed grand stands on the slopes of the dunes.
The stands will not only provide a view on the game but also a unique perspective on the beach and sea. The integrated seats can be used for training, watching the game, or just enjoying the sun.
The goal is to transform the two dimensional landscape into a three dimensional landscape creating enclosed spaces outside for sport and under the ground ‘spaces’ for the field house.