Sep '06 - May '08
last friday my ideal forms seminar took a trip to Albany to check out the New York State Capital Complex. Its basically a complex of government buildings, connected by a huge parking structure/mall. The plaza level/roof of the parking structure is about five stories above street level. The freeway basically enters the mega structure and terminates inside the parking structure. Its an unbelievable project just in terms of its Bigness. Here are some photos:
After going there, I think the biggest problem of the project is its interface with the surrounding city. The spaces themselves, while monumental, aren't necessarily the problem. The access to the plaza is virtually non-existent, and the underground concourse which connects the buildings basically makes walking on the top of the plaza redundant. Add to that the cold weather in Albany, you get a vacant space during the winter time.
back to work.