Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Interactive Tour: LeFrak Center at Lakeside

As a means of experimenting with how to best present buildings online, I've been working with Joel Sanders on an interactive tour of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects' LeFrak Center at Lakeside, which opened in Brooklyn's Prospect Park in December. Rather than presenting Michael Moran's photographs of the project interspersed with my text – the norm for projects on this blog and other websites – the tour overlays clickable "hotspots" that allow for descriptions about a specific area in an image, as well as for additional images and even videos. This is a first-pass at doing such a thing – and hopefully the first of more tours to come – so if you have any comments on the content, the usability, or any other features of the tour please comment on this post

The 75,000-sf, year-round LeFrak Center, designed by New York architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, replaces a winter-only rink and comfort station in Prospect Park that was built in the 1960s. Most notably, the duo’s design shifts the rink and related buildings to the southeast to restore the waterline and incorporate an esplanade that fits to the original design of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. A signature blue canopy carved with curving lines dramatizes the experience of ice skating in the winter and roller skating in warm months. Click any of the arrows below to take an interactive tour of the project that was completed in December 2013.