Cedar Hill Loop

Lead Designer
Prize(s)1st Place in Architecture Categories / Exhibits, Pavilions and exhibitions
Entry Description

The objective is to create a multi-usage pavilion in Central Park, New York that is flexible enough to adapt to a wide variety of activities on a moderate scale.With that in mind, we created the Cedar Hill Loop, an underground steel and timber ring structure that follows the existing terrain of the Cedar Hill (an east-facing slope of mideast Central Park used mostly for reading and sunbathing). The loop, powered by four industry standard mast lifts and a circular rail underneath, is able to elevate and rotate itself to reveal spaces that are suitable for a wide variety of activities in different scales. Having nearly 30 feet of height difference, the sloped terrain of Cedar Hill is a perfect spot for the Loop to integrate itself in. The design provides new spaces and possibilities that the park currently lacks, and enriches familiar experiences we love about Central Park.


Jianshi Wu is a designer and digital visual artist with working experience in both New York City and China. He completed his study from Rhode Island School of Design in the US with a dual degree for a Bachelor of Architecture and a B.F.A. in Architecture w/honors. Prior to that, he also had research/study experiences in Yale University, Tsinghua University and BJUT. Jianshi's work has received numerous awards and has been published internationally in numerous publication including The Guardian, Forbes, CNN and Architectural Digest.

Yitan Sun is an architectural designer and artist currently working in New York City. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she graduated with Best Studio Awards and was a recipient of Leigh & Orange Travel Scholarship; and a Master of Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design. During her studies she explored a variety of art forms, creating a series of interconnected artifacts of which scales shift from intimate to vast, from miniature to panoramic. Yitan has working experience in U.S, Hong Kong and Japan and her works has been exhibited in U.S and Hong Kong. Her recent works has received numerous publication worldwide.