The CityDeck Phase 2 | Green Bay USA | Stoss

CityDeck Phase 2 | Green Bay USA | Stoss
The CityDeck in Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA, is a new connective infrastructure along the city’s downtown riverfront. It was designed as a series of folding wood planes that establish large-scale connections between the river and a newly renovated city fabric. The folded surfaces were rendered as benches, chaise lounges, and sunbathing platforms at the scale of the human body; and as collective gathering spaces, river overlooks, ramps and steps along and over the river.

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The CityDeck | Green Bay USA | Stoss Landscape Urbanism

CityDeck | Green Bay USA | Stoss Landscape Urbanism

In the fall, the gingkos, Kentucky coffeetrees, and Liberty elms all turn bright yellow. ©Stoss Landscape Urbanism

The CityDeck is the heart of a multi-phase redevelopment project along Green Bay’s Fox River. The project aims to allow for significantly increased access to the river and to diversify social and ecological life along it.

EXISTING CONDITIONS + CHALLENGES
The site is a 2-acre strip of land, typically measuring 50 to 60 feet wide, that runs along the edge of the Fox River in downtown Green Bay. It is about one-quarter-mile in length and is situated between two bridges that cross the river. At the project’s beginning, adjacent parcels were empty, abandoned (a large yellow warehouse), or in use as parking lots. Nearby buildings turned their back on the riverfront. Unsurprisingly, there was little social or civic life here, and no reason to visit; the elevated walk along existing bulkhead walls prevented any direct access down to the river—as well as up to the city from boats.

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