World’s tallest wooden structure proposed for Central Park

(By Global Construction Review)

Updated: 2017-09-20 08:07:56

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New York architect DFA has designed a 220m-tall observation tower that, if completed, would be the world’s tallest wooden structure.

The temporary tower, which is so far just a proposal, would be built in the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in New York’s Central Park, where it would also filter the 106-acre lake that encompasses one-eighth of the park's area and contains a billion gallons of contaminated water.

 The structure would be made from prefabricated glulam timber and strengthened with a steel core. It would also be wrapped in a spiral exoskeleton, with a 17m wide viewing platform.



DFA said the Central Park Tower would “combine architecture, recreation, resiliency, and tourism in a project millions of New Yorkers and visitors would benefit from”.

Laith Sayigh, DFA founder, added: “Aside from supplying water to the pool and Harlem Meer, the reservoir sits stagnant and fenced off due to its current state as a health threat to millions of New Yorkers, tourists and animals.

“This conceptual project pushes the boundaries of what we perceive is possible in a city as dense, historic and environmentally vulnerable as ours.”