Mechanical Waves


School of Architecture, Graduate Architecture and Urban Design
Students | Rohan Saklecha, Si Chen
Faculty | Gisela Baurmann

• Mechanical Waves is a waste incineration and recycling facility and a nightclub.

The building emphasizes the relationship between its different programs and the bigger site context through its geometry directed towards various directions. During the day, it is a none-imposing presence on the site and the city. At night, the club is activated, the building transforms and glows, and it can be seen across the East River from Manhattan.

To take advantage of the water-side site, Mechanical Waves is an opposing force against the water. There are openings to direct water into the building, while the building is pushed out towards the water. The roofscape has a series of planes, and the path meanders over and under them. To invite city residents to actively engage with the building, the roofscape acts as a landscape park that provides activities and views towards Manhattan and Roosevelt Island across the river. Following the path of pedestrians on the roof, there is a continuous water feature that flows down from the highest point of the building, through the planes, and down into the river.

To take advantage of the water-side site, Mechanical Waves is an opposing force against the water. There are openings to direct water into the building, while the building is pushed out towards the water. The roofscape has a series of planes, and the path meanders over and under them.
To take advantage of the water-side site, Mechanical Waves is an opposing force against the water. There are openings to direct water into the building, while the building is pushed out towards the water. The roofscape has a series of planes, and the path meanders over and under them.