Ironbound X-Change Outdoor Performance Venue
SYSTRA developed a concept for X-CHANGE, a kinetic structural cover for outdoor performance area located on the final stretch of the newly created Riverfront Park in Newark.
This unprogrammed section of the Park runs along the banks of the Passaic River stretching from the iconic Jackson Street Bridge to the Dock Bridge (also known as the Amtrak Dock Vertical Lift, carrying Amtrak, NJ Transit, and PATH trains).
The nesting steel structure establishes a dynamic and adaptable venue dedicated to the frequent, yet intermittent, cultural/artistic events of this richly multicultural section of Newark. The design draws direct inspiration from the surrounding bridges and in the area’s rich history in heavy manufacturing, steelworks and railways. The mobile structure is a beacon along the riverbank that changes the characteristics and the user’s experience of the urban Park, as it varies from active or dormant (open or closed).