Harlem Meer Center in Central Park

The reimagining of the Lasker Rink located in Central Park in New York is the capstone project of a campaign by the Nature Conservancy to restore Central Park. The new facility is based on Central Park’s original design.

Hybrid Usage of Ice Rink & Pool

The renovation will allow year-round programming and recreational opportunities at the Harlem MeerWerner Sobek was selected to create a roofing and facade system for the recreational visitors’ center.

The facade framing system is designed as a stick built curtain wall system mounted inside-out for fixed lites, and integrated with a life-and-slide system for operable lites. The facade can thus pivot to be closed or open. In addition, the visitors’ center in the upper area also integrates a transition to a green roof.

A new area for free-form skating on a Central Park lake, a pool larger than Olympic-size and a new outdoor wading pool will complement the facility. The facade will help to integrate the facility better into the surrounding landscape and allow visitors to enjoy it year-round.                              

Susan T. Rodriguez, New York/USA

Planning time
2018 – 2020

Construction time
2021 – 2024

Services by Werner Sobek
Facade engineering

Central Park ConservancyNew York/USA

Susan T. Rodriguez, New York/USA

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