The Dumbo Business Improvement District has been looking for ways to, er, improve the Pearl Street Triangle beyond the basic pedestrian plaza now on the spot. Last night, a panel announced the winners of a triangle design contract, the above design from Coburn Architecture. The design's called "The Tracks: Ride the Rails!" Let's let the architects have the floor to explain what's going on here:
The Tracks plaza takes its inspiration from the myriad of rail lines that at one time weaved their way through the industrial streets of DUMBO. As these tracks emerge from beneath the pavement surrounding the triangle, they become the armature for a series of tiered seats that wind through the site to create three amphitheater-like spaces:
The first, facing the Manhattan Bridge, is delineated by seating for films projected onto the masonry wall that encloses the arch beneath the bridge; the second, a performance and display space enclosed by two opposing tiers; and the third, where a low tier hugs a series of in-ground fountains. Shallow alcoves are molded underneath the higher tiers, welcoming local artists to display their creations.” It's up to the city to decide whether any of this will actually happen.