Riverside Kiosk for Harlem Public

re-imagine a forgotten harlem icon

The 151st street Kiosk is a free-standing, open-air kiosk and bar at the existing circular lookout point at Riverside Drive, the site of a masonry pagoda demolished in the 60’s.

Views from this unique urban vantage point span from the Jersey skyline to landmark views of the George Washington Bridge. The kiosk’s V-shaped columns and double-chord roof with triangulated truss structure take their cues from the two triangulated steel towers that represent that NYC icon. The kiosk structure, however is built from cross-laminated timbers treated to withstand the elements. The material warmth together with the open views through the kiosk are intended to reflect a structure that is welcoming and inclusive of all.

Beneath the kiosk, hovering at a level between the highway and riverside drive, exist an abandoned arcade and rotunda structure, formally used as comfort stations and an electrical transfer hub respectively. These elegant structures, designed and built for utterly utilitarian programs, reflect the sensitivity and quality of old New York, built by hand to last a lifetime. After nearly 60 years with their doors literally cemented shut, the NYC parks department has invited Harlem Public to re-activate these structures as concessionaires. BC—OA is excited to participate in such an important, public works project. More updates to come....

Harlem Public
Timber kiosk, arcade restaurant and rotunda bar
A woven, timber structure with floating central oculus
The adaptive reuse of the arcade with a restaurant, rotunda bar and street level kiosk above
Historic pagoda, demolished in the 60's
reawakening an old friend