Landscape Commons + Retail Plaza, Long Island City, New York
LANDSCAPE COMMONS + RETAIL PLAZA
LONG ISLAND CITY, New York
Surrounded by 40 plus story buildings, HMWhite’s design for a central landscape commons and entry and retail plaza establishes an incomparable identity for this 1700 apartment community. As with a historic town green’s social and cultural functions, the commons serves as the residents’ social heart and community gathering center. Adjacent to the LIRR rail corridor and Queen’s elevated subway trestle, the landscape’s scale is expressed at a scale that erases any awareness of its transit and industrial context. A variety of recreation activity and social gathering places are organized around a central lawn that welcomes and orients both visitors and residents. A collection of distinct “outdoor rooms” that support specific uses are shaped within a cohesive landscape framework. Visual and functional clarity is achieved through a shared landscape character that establishes a spatial structure. References to the neighborhood’s industrial commercial heritage and proximity to the East River vegetative ecology have inspired the design of the park’s site elements and the plant communities to connect the place with its environmental and cultural urban evolution.
Philip Habib Associates