The Biggest J in the World

From the expansive designer mind of Meryem Ozturkoglu comes this structure which will one day sit on the SE side (NY side) of the Hudson River, and will also stand as base for a giant walkbridge that connects Central Park and Hudson Park. This design, dubbed CITY-PARK, aims to create a pattern of parks in the city, as visible and as essential to the identity of the city as its skyline of business-oriented towers.

Our friend M.Ozturkoglu calls upon the words of Kevin Lynch from his book The Image of The City, saying thus:

…This leads to the definition of what might be called imageability: that quality in a physical object which gives it a high probability of evoking a strong image in any given observer. It is that shape, color, or arrangement which facilitates the making of vividly identified, powerfully structured, highly useful mental images of the environment… – Kevin Lynch, The Image of The City

When you plan on constructing a giant tower which sits base to a super-extensive walk-bridge, you’d darn-well better be prepared to take on the city for years to get it approved, for you’re altering its aesthetic, its identity, and its appeal. No matter how nicely you set everything inside a mega-structure, no matter the community appeal, you must take on primarily the look of the entire city – as seen by the rest of the world.

Meryem is right to consider the environment first, as this subject will dominate the project throughout its entire existence. That said, I’d love to skate it someday.

P.S. If you are confused by the preview pic : it’s an illusion. There’s only one tower in this project, I just took a close-up and put it over the far-away. Detail, pan-out. That’s what’s up.

Designer: Meryem Ozturkoglu


  • Bizya says:

    I don’t no

  • Matt says:

    What did I just see?

  • Rik says:

    Just a big “Nike logo”

    I think they might cooperated with that enterprise.

  • Remy says:

    Horrible! seriously guys, do we really want to spend millions of dollars in this?

  • Luke says:

    There’s nothing inherently bad about the idea. The actual appearance and engineering would no doubt change from concept to blueprint, but the idea itself looks pretty good.

    I’m sure New Yorkers might be iffy about it, like they were with the World Trade Center towers as they were being constructed, but I’m sure it would become an irreplaceable part of New York’s cityscape after a while.

  • Spoon says:

    What inspired the form?

  • meryem says:

    thanks for all your comments…

  • jason says:

    much better if there are levels with shops or apartments

  • Ekove says:

    Please no, this is just terrible. What does the form signify? And how is the pattern really inspired by the tree? The designer abstracted the tree form like 5 times to reach that pattern, I could abstract that tree 5 times too and reach a car.

    This “object” serves absolutely no purpose, doesn’t signify anything, and just blocks sunlight.

    And is that a bridge on the center of it?

    Thank god its too large to be built.

    • Barton Smith says:

      Let’s play nice.

      Constructive critism is better for everyone.

  • murat tokmak says:

    başarılı bir çalışma olmuş tebrik ederim:)

  • girltramp says:

    please, that´s just horrible from a simple and stupid concept wich is trees jump into a huge “j” shape, theres no point on building this, the architect is forgettin the main part “public space” build for society not for just design, useless..

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