Opinion: the wedge – a form covered in grass and glass – has become an increasingly popular device for disguising architecture as landscape, says Alexandra Lange.
What is the wedge? In Washington DC it is a way to enter a pair of underground museums, without adding to the Smithsonian’s existing potpourri of architectural styles. At Lincoln Center it is a way to camouflage a new restaurant on a famously flat plaza. In Baltimore it replaces a Brutalist multi-level fountain with a smooth singular surface for sitting. At Brooklyn Bridge Park it rears up to provide a selfie taking-point and amphitheater seating facing the borough. At the 11th Street Bridge Park, a set of wedges add topography to what could be a simple span across the Anacostia River. At Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn it’s the subway stop, looking like a fragment of the Barclays Center that broke off.
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