SITE: In a canyon of buildings, the pedestrian walkway is surrounded by ramps for cars and buses.
PROGRAM: The walkway should be shielded from the surrounding buildings and traffic, and from the bare walls of the ramps.
PROJECT: Screens rise up around the walkway, curving over like shells.
The screens are like Venetian blinds: the surrounding ramps and their retaining walls, the traffic on the ramps, the surrounding buildings – it’s all turned into flickers of images, as if in a movie, a kaleidoscope, a flipbook.
The screens are mirrored stainless steel: the buildings are brought down to the ground.
From the seat at the base of each screen, light bounces up from mirrored slat to slat; the mirrors illuminate the walkway.
The screen on top of the bus ramp is different from the others; the reflected light from mirrors would have blinded bus-driver here, so the slats of this screen are transparent blue. As you look up, the canyon of buildings around you turn blue.