The AIDS Memorial Park is a composition of light and darkness. Adjacent to Saint Vincent's Hospital, which established the first AIDS ward in America, the park is dedicated to the poets, drag queens, and children of New York City who died in the AIDS epidemic.
The AIDS Park is active, passive, urban, and green. Two vertical buildings along Seventh Avenue create a physical edge, their facades composed of deep, gridded voids, presenting as empty vitrines. The North Volume holds a lecture hall and small auditorium. The South Volume encloses a descent to contemplative spaces, lit by an oculus-like transparent roof. Glass canopies cantilever from the two volumes over the park entries.
The plaza ties to the adjacent streets with furniture, pathways, and plantings. White flowering dogwood trees, 'Cornus florida', line both sides of the streets, where each Spring the area is closed to traffic, and dedicated to people.