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enter\\shift

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The project enter\\shift is focusing on revitalisation of railway station areas as representative points of entry into the downtowns. The intervention entails principles (below) that can as well be implemented in other, selected downtowns on LI (map), whereas the design itself is intended to be site specific, reflecting the identity of each downtown. The project is situated in downtown of Babylon.

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Babylon downtown 1:6000

Long Island

Babylon Railway Station- project area Other Railway Stations where the revitalisation principles can be applied

Principles of Intervention
PRESENT STATE- a. Dominant traffic infrastructure- vast parking lots & railroad as barrier b. No public space c. No greening PROBLEMSa. Existing space is not attractive for people b. Disbalanced microclimate c. Impermeable soil RESIDENTIAL AREA RAILWAY STATION PROJECT AREA

present - grey

ARGYLE PARK

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MAYOR’S OFFICE public space public space

Legend Connections to existing built area and points of interest in it
underground parking INTERVENTIONa. Reorganise parking lots and free the ground floor level for people b. Create public space c. Create permeable green areas

Connection to existing green area

Babylon Railway Station Plaza
RESIDENTIAL AREAS

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RESIDENTIAL AREAS

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reconnection of space

railroad as barrier

PARK COMMERCIAL STREET

PARK COMMERCIAL STREET MAYOR’S OFFICE BABYLON ARTS COUNCIL

CONCEPT- To bridge the gap between transportation (dominant railroad, cars, vast parking lots) by creating a space with human scale that brings life to the area surrounding the railway station, mark its importance as a point of entry and create a connection to the surroundings- Argyle lake and park, Mayor’s Office, one of the commercial streets (Deer Park Ave), as well as to Babylon Arts Council in West Main Street through the new alternative path inside the urban blocks. The plaza is also connected to residential areas in the north. The new space created in Babylon downtown thus integrates the existing elements, supports the local character and initiatives and adds new functions to support the commuters’ everyday life.

Present state - PROBLEM No permeable ground No greening/low biodiversity index No outdoor public space Parking dominates Low human comfort Low visual quality Present state - OPPORTUNITIES Close to downtown/ commercial street Opportunity of a connection to the lake Social concentration point due to the transportation School could benefit from a public space Entry point to the city (image of the city) Buildings with flat roofs opportunity for a green roof

VISION Remove the parking and turn into permeable soil Create an open public space Considering accessibility to the site establish new car and pedestrian connections Enhance visual quality by opening viewpoints PROPOSAL Parking is moved under the ground in order to create public space Due to the affluence of people, the nearby commerce, schools, services and the connection to transportation system there is a need for a plaza, also supported by the fact that this is a key entry point to downtown of Babylon Thus the plaza enhances aesthetic qualities and integrates a wider scale of a green corridor that connects to the lake

Green surfaces in wider viewbefore and after

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Form The wavy shapes that define Long Island’s coastline in Babylon area are the inspiration for the site design

CIVIC CENTRE

SERVICES

The lines have a role in structuring the site, at the same time adjusting themselves to the main spots identified during the analysis and to the new areas created New buildings are fitted the pattern and placed on the edges, close to existing built space, acting as a transition area between the old built structures of the downtown and the new open room Their functions support the commuters’ everyday life, as well as the local community activities

Aerial View of Plaza

The new space is formed as an entry point that should tell a story about the suburb. Its wavy green structures and a water element symbolise the character of Babylon with its Argyle lake, park and the coast, and the visitor gets a notion of proximity of these natural elements as a first impression upon leaving the train.

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Railroad Avenue is redirected in order to maximise green space of Argyle park and connect it to the green space of Plaza; path extends along the lakeshore with piers for birdwatching and relaxation

Plaza is the cohesive element in the urban pattern, connecting points of interest in the downtown: p- Argyle Park, m- Mayor’s office, a- Arts Council of Babylon, d- downtown commercial street, r- residential areas.

Two storey multifamily housing in park setting linked to water, with underground parking Civic centre housing administration services, car sharing office, public underground parking, public orchard with apple and pear trees, and a rooftop agriculture garden of educational character

Rooftop of High School is used as outdoor space for students, for sports and urban agriculture with educational purposes New walking route through the urban blocks connecting the Plaza with Babylon Arts Council along public green areas, starting with Youth Centre Common underground parking for the urban block with usable rooftop New infill building for creation of a more densely built main street, enhancing the character of downtown

Square in front of ticket office with information tower New rooftop for railway station with solar panels for electricity production

Existing wooden building refurbished into a small museum of Babylon’s wooden architecture Light wooden construction housing units for rental on top of existing buildings, with own rooftop garden

The plaza is situated south and north of the railroad, integrating the ground level space under the railroad. The major part of the new space is green, as an extension of Argyle Park which continues all the way to the ticket office. There is a square in front of the office, and new buildings were added between the square and the existing buildings. The functions that the new buildings have are services for the commuters- a gym, a small supermarket and a grocery store, together with a restaurant and café.

The new housing is low rise, while in the main downtown street (Deer Park Ave) there are proposed new housing units on top of the existing buildings, in order to shorten the distance between home and work, home and transportation, as well as to enhance the sense of the old town by building more densely.

Plan 1:800
offices

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Parking

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Parking
Civic Centre public rooftop gardens gravel

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car access

skate park

acc bus

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bike repair shop bicycle parking

bus stop museum
pilla rs

ticket office orchard

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gym restaurant café esplanade lime stone café esplanade cut grass gravel lime stone parasite housing grocery store parasite housing

bicycle parking granite

shrubs

car
bus access

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ice skating/ basketball

cut grass

playground

meadow

perennials tall grass

Youth Centre

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parasite housing

parasite housing

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limited acces s

rooftop gardens Babylon High School

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book shop rooftop outdoor space

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Parking

Section a - a

character of space

nature

recreation

park

playground

relaxation

urban

downtown

Perspective view
Square

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Sections 1:800
b - b

ticket office

museum

restaurant

café

Youth Centre

c - c

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40 2000

Civic Centre

new plaza

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Perspective view
Basketball/ice-skating court

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