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The Crater is an underground ferry terminal and transit hub on the Lower East Side.  It occupies a new space in the city - the space between Subway and ferry, ground and river, public and private.

I wanted to integrate the density and storefront culture of The Lower East Side into a piece of urban infrastructure. I wanted to more fully integrate commercial activity with the infrastructural city. By extending the existing subway platform across the site, I link the subway to the new East River Canal and terminal. This extended platform serves multiple transit modes, performs as a public space and creates income for the city and adjacent building owners.



taking back the underground



Hilarious New York

Loop of interplay between light and dark infulencing the percept, results in mobility of an architectural program

The content of an urban environment within the neighborhood next to Delancey underground is higly diverse. Programms inhabitting that spaces may vary from brothel to school, therefore collective actions taking place in that neighborhood could be defined as normal at the mean time as completely inadequate in terms of  being socially acceptable. These diversities packed within that neighborhood continuously trigger events happening independently from grid. The Continuum of collective acts happening over the time resembles a brownian motion; an oscillatory movement of particles of a system. The latter is also a physical specificity of the site; the oscillation caused by the traffic and by the subway encloses the site. Actually and metaphorically could be stated that the act of oscillatory motion is an accumulator of an energy. Taking into account big and small scale variables within the site the project is also designed to be an abstract embodyment of the naighborhood’s  past and the present. The space-creating variables of this design are two continuous surfaces, with different treatments, serving as two opposite percepts based on the lighting conditions. The characteristics of the spaces created by those surfaces changes based on the lighting conditions and fits opposing programs during the time. Two parametrically designed surfaces overlapping with each other create variety of cave-like spaces to fit the diversity of events and program-contents that the neighborhood offers. 

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The studio will focus on a site known as the Delancey Underground, an unused trolley terminal beneath Delancey Street at the base of the Williamsburg Bridge, that is speculated to become a subterranean public park, nicknamed the 'LowLine.'

Juergen Mayer H.

The founder and principal of the crossdisciplinairy studio, Jürgen Mayer H. Architekten. He studied at Stuttgart University, The Cooper Union and Princeton Universtiy. His work has been published and exhibited worldwide and is part of numerous collections including MoMA New York and SF MoMA.

Marc Kushner

MARC KUSHNER, AIA, worked for J Mayer H Architects in Berlin and Lewis Tsurumaki Lewis (LTL) in New York City before cofounding HWKN and Architizer. Since graduating from Harvard's Graduate School of Design in 2004, Marc has co-taught advanced architecture studios at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation with Juergen Mayer and Marc Tsurumaki, as well as a summer studio at Parsons.

Benjamin Porto

An architect, Ben is a founding member and contributor of Reality Cues, a virtual collective concerned with addressing architecture in a new digital and interactive/social medium. Among his many contributions are GraffitiLab, a research project investigating architecture in the medium of popular culture and @Archistophanes, a persona invented to address the role of the architect as a social being.