Brooklyn Portal — Integrated Urban Complex

Best Project of Public Space by Student

About the project
'Brooklyn Portal' is a conceptual project developed as an integrated urban complex. The project's ethos is to establish a connection between its users and public buildings with the Brooklyn Bridge. To break the NYC grid circulation that favors automobiles. The primary aspect of the project is a vertical park that connects the subway station, to the streets, to three buildings: A Hotel tower with a Shopping + Dining area, a Cultural Center, a University building for NYC College of Technology, and the Brooklyn Bridge, allowing for free, uninterrupted pedestrian circulation.
The park is composed of a series of platforms disposed of in 3 different levels and scattered around the site. These platforms are connected by ramps that can take a person to multiple platforms depending on where they want to go. As a result, the park promotes social interactions and elevates the human scale above the street level, allowing for unobstructed views of the bridge and the Manhattan skyline.

Downtown Brooklyn, New York City, the USA

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Applicant and author of the project
Raphael Almeida Casseb: «I am originally from Brasília, capital of Brazil. Being from Brasília, architecture has always been part of my life. Today I am an architectural technology student at the New York City College of Technology. I am graduating this semester. If I am to reference my work, I'd say my projects bring the aesthetics of modern Brazilian architecture paired with methods of form-finding and new sustainable technologies.»