Zaha Hadid and Grossman unveil Olympic bid

Layered landscaping to form heart of vision for New York's 2012 bid

Pritzker Prize winner Zaha Hadid and Edinburgh landscape architect Grossmax have unveiled their vision for New York’s bid for the 2012 Olympics. The Olympic Village master-plan features dramatic layered landscapes around a cluster of sleak towers offering views towards Midtown and Lower Manhattan. Landscape formed the heart of a project across 20 hectares on the edge of East River with towers tapering down to small bases, said Hadid. “With the tower footprints minimized the ground offers an open and textured landscape. “It is a ground lifted to absorb parking below, and then shaped to define the setting for the changing patterns for life above. “This ground is cut away and pulled back around the towers, bringing light and orientation to the parking levels below while creating varied pockets of a more intimate scale.”

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