Posted: Jan 5, 2011, 4:58 PM
Join Date: Aug 2002
Urban Vertical Theme Parks
Vertical Theme Park / Ju-Hyun Kim
26 Dec 2010
Read More: http://www.archdaily.com/98816/verti...k-ju-hyun-kim/
Suburb-located Themeparks have been by-product of automobile-centered society. Indescribably horrible traffic congestion and huge hard-scaped (Hot asphalt) parking lots and has become a constant problem in the towns where these theme parks have located. Theme parks such as Disneyland, Disney World attracted all kinds of undesirable sprawlto Anaheim and Orlando. In the contemporary society where zero-car, zero carbon is highly valued,the theme park has been located at the opposite side of eco-sensitive society.
- Here, this project imagine vertically stacked theme park in the middle of the city. With the minimum footprint on the ground, this vertically stacked theme park will itself become skyscraper. Theme park is the place where somebody can experience extraordinary altitude, speed and unexpected events. When people are tired of conventional suburban setting of the theme park, we may have to place our theme park in the urban setting.-for example, in the middle of Manhattan.
- “Density” of the existing urban conditions will make theme park more exciting place. At the same time, “Height” of the vertically stacked theme park will also help to enhance theme park experiences to the visitors. Currently, more than 50% of the world’s population live in the cities according to the UN report and by the year 2050, the percentage will increase to be 70%. This data also supports the idea of urban theme park rather than conventional, rural theme park. Vertical theme park will be the new prototype, innovative landmark of the cities of tomorrow.
- The classic rides, such as the Ferris Wheel, rollercoaster, and carousel are all re-imagined for a vertical experience. The park is distinguished into five major areas that comprises Vertigo World (carousel and observation deck), Fast Land (flume ride, rollercoaster), 360 World (Ferris Wheel, sky promenade), Abyss City (deep city diver), and the Elsewhere Universe (space exploration, science center). This metropolitan theme park will add more sustainability by harvesting solar and green energy, recycling waste, and collecting rainwater.
- Instead of sprawling parks with giant footprints, stack the park into a skyscraper. The altitude will only add to the speed and excitement of rides, and the view of the surrounding dense urban environment will be incredible. There’ll be so much more to see from the top of the carousel and roller coaster on the perimeter. Best of all, it will be easily reached by public transportation, and the environmental impact will be minimal. Now is the time to build the joyful destination for families’ perfect day out at the center of cities.
Vertigo World (Observation Deck & Carousel)
From the Observation Deck at the very top of the building, visitors can stroll around a snaking path the circumference of the building (complete with necessary but unobtrusive guard rails)....
Fast Land (Roller Coaster & Flume Ride)
Terrifying beauty of centrifugal force, coupled with the thrill of heights can be best experienced on the roller coaster which circles down the tower without a pause....
Abyss City(Urban Bungee Jumping)
Located at 550 feet from the ground, there is bungee jumping facilities with 3 cantilevered out springboard-like platforms. Looking out on density and congestion of the pedestrians and cars on the street and numerous rooftop watertanks, people dive into the liquid of humidity of the city in July....
360° World (Manhattan Wheel & Sky Promenade)
Large upright wheel with passenger cars will be located in the middle of the tower. As the wheel spins around, at its lower point, people can even experience the smell of hot dogs from street food carts. At its higher point, lots of pleasant breeze come in to cool them down....
Elsewhere Universe (Space Exploratorium & Gate)
The gigantic sphere structure will be suspended from above and will look like it is from another planet or another universe. Just like the outlook, inside this geodesic dome is a ‘zero gravity zone’ where people can experience a space-like environment....