Archtober Building of the Day: Lakeside Center at Prospect Park
It is said that Olmsted and Vaux practiced on Central Park to prepare for Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Here the pastoral was contrasted with the rugged and what was man-made appears as if it had always been there. The new building for the Lakeside Center at Prospect Park aspires to do the same. Constructed of rough hewn grey granite, the buildings are designed as massive retaining walls and the earth covers the roofs so that the complex is set into the land. A hockey rink sits beneath a large canopy and serves as a roller rink and event space in the off-season. The underside of the canopy is midnight blue and carved with silver marks inspired by figure skating footwork patterns. An exterior free-form rink converts into a water plaza in the summer. Pathways bring visitors up to the roof, where a terrace overlooks the rink and the lake beyond. The Lakeside Center is a truly public amenity, a sports facility and a place for pleasure, where proficiency and poetry meet.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Lakeside Center at Prospect Park
171 East Drive
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