Coney Island, the former vacation mecca on the New York waterfront, is undergoing a massive revitalization effort. Asser Levy Park, with the addition of Grimshaw’s new amphitheater, will serve as the new gateway to the area and as a symbol of its new identity.
The amphitheater will be a seasonal venue that can attract performers at all levels, encourage concert promoters to bring bands and artists to Brooklyn, and create a destination that New Yorkers see as one of their best summer options for entertainment.
The program for the park and amphitheater includes a variety of performance types and sizes. Therefore the seating is designed with a maximum amount of flexibility to allow all types of uses and performances throughout the year. In the off-season, much of the performance area’s seating converts to park use, necessitating a design that is easily changeable depending on seasonal variations.
After thorough investigation of the Coney Island site, sustainable design practices are being used whenever possible. This includes suitable habitat restoration, the installation of green roofs, and environmentally conscious material choices. The protection and restoration of the large open spaces and existing park land help further support the cultural and ecological functions of the site.
Grimshaw has been in close contact with the community, conducting outreach initiatives like the Asser Levy Task Force, a group with representatives from the community and design team where the design and park amenities are discussed in the context of the immediate neighborhood and the broader Brooklyn borough.
Asser Levy Park Amphitheater Project - Building Information
New York City Department of Design and Construction
Brooklyn Borough President’s Office
New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
Site Size: 9 acres
Construction Budget: $46.7m
Projected Completion: 2011
Site Structures and Areas
Fixed seating: 5000 seats
Lawn seating: 3000 seats / 35,000 sqft
Roof canopy: 60,000 sqft
Stage and Back of House spaces: 40,000 sqft
Architect: Grimshaw (New York)
Project Partners: Mark Husser, Andrew Whalley
Project Manager: Paulo de Faria
Project Architect: Vasco Agnoli
Project Team: Barbara Kurdiovsky, Ceren Bingol, Greg Hildebrand, Ximena Norena
Structural Engineers: Schlaich Bergermann and Partner LP (New York)
Services Engineer: Buro Happold (New York)
Environmental & LEED: Buro Happold (New York)
Lighting: Arup Lighting
Acoustics: Arup Acoustics
Theater Consultant: Fisher Dachs Associates
Landscape Architect: Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architect
Civil & Traffic Engineer: Philip Habib Associates
Cost Consultant: Faithful & Gould
Food Services: Post & Grossbard
Wind Tunnel Testing: Wacker Ingenieure
Fire Safety: Arup
Images of the Ampitheatre here