RFK/TRIBOROUGH BRIDGE ACCESS RAMP

RANDALL’S ISLAND, NYC

The vehicular access ramp to Randall’s Island is the ‘front door” to the island for most visitors. The areas alongside the ramp are unattractive, primarily used for temporary storage of maintenance material.

The renovation design of the existing ramp addresses this unfortunate context to create a more visually appealing experience when entering or leaving the island. The design relies on the distinction between foeval (focused) and peripheral vision when traveling at high speeds. The design uses the vehicle occupants’ angles of focused vision to arrange the openings in the barriers. The barriers and opening are composed of familiar bridge materials including precast concrete panels, metal tubing and posts to achieve a carefully conceived assemblage. The openings introduce sunlight and provide peripheral glimpses beyond without allowing adjacent elements to be seen clearly.

Area:

25,000 SF

Client:

Randall’s Island Park Alliance
TBTA/MTA Tunnels & Bridges

Construction Cost:

Not Disclosed

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