New York Light
Van Alen Institute, New York, New York
The Flatiron Plaza is a unique space in New York. Standing in the middle of the space, people can see two of the city's great landmarks: the Flatiron and Empire State Buildings. It is a place to experience the magnificence of Manhattan's urban plan - with a dramatic view of Broadway cutting diagonally through the famous grid. And because Madison Square Park forms a clearing in the urban fabric, the site is one of the few places in the heart of the metropolis to see the skyline from street level.
'New York Light' pays tribute to the special experiences from this one-of-a-kind vantage point. Designed to echo the form of the Plaza's namesake building, the prow of the steel tube structure frames the Flatiron. At the other end, it opens northward toward Broadway and Fifth Avenue, outlining a view of the Empire State. Visitors standing inside can enjoy these views surrounded by reflections of the immediate neighborhood from the hundreds of mirror-polished panels attached to the steel frame. And for the city that never sleeps, animated LEDs illuminate the plaza at night, creating an urban room for passersby and performers. You can view some of their #newyorklight photos on Instagram and Twitter.
Design: INABA - Commission: Jeffrey Inaba, Darien Williams, Yoichiro Mizuno; Competition: Jeffrey Inaba, Zhonghan Huang
Lighting Design: Tillotson Design Associates - Suzan Tillotson, Erin Dreyfous, Megan Pfeffer
Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates - Nat Oppenheimer, Pat Arnett, Paul Laroque
Electrical Contractor: Walsh Electrical Contracting - Ryan Walsh, Mike Acquesta
Project Organizers: Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership - Jennifer Brown, Jane Kojima; Van Alen Institute: David van der Leer, Jerome Chou
Lighting Controls: Crestron Electronics - Andrew Gross
Lighting Supplier: DLC o/a Fawoo Canada - David Nicoll
Lighting Drivers: International Lighting
Lighting Diffusers: Bartco
© Naho Kubota 2014
© Cameron Blaylock 2014