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Snohetta «styles up» Times Square

Last updated: 10/6/2014 // Times Square is under reconstruction. Snohetta has been selected for the honor to renew the famous urban icon. It will also be one of the “Building of the Day” in this year’s Archtober festival.

The Norwegian Architect firm Snohetta has been chosen to lead the design of the new public spaces in Times Square. While the site has long been an icon for entertainment, culture and urban life, the physical and operational conditions of the streets, sidewalks and sub-surface infrastructure have deteriorated over time, detracting from the functionality and safety of this critical crossroads.

On Tuesday October 28th, The Times Square reconstruction will be the “Building of the Day” at the Architecture and Design Month in New York City, or “Archtober”.

The participating organizations of Archtober has selected a distinctive focus on 31 buildings and public spaces – one for each day of the month. It celebrates contemporary as well as iconic architecture in New York City with daily on site tours, led by the architect.

Photo: Snohetta.Photo: Snohetta
On their webpage, Snohetta says that the design is inspired by Times Square’s past and its rich entertainment history – a duality that influenced both the larger concept and the project’s details. Their proposal includes an integrated and iconic multi-functional public space that reflects the best of Times Square and New York City. Snohetta’s design creates uncluttered pedestrian zones and a cohesive surface from building front to building front that reinforces the Bowtie's role as an outdoor stage, and at the same time reduce the traffic impediments. Among other practical designs, ten granite benches oriented along Broadway will define and frame the public area.

Archtober is New York City’s Architecture and Design Month, the fourth annual month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions taking place during the month of October. During the festival, it is offered a wide array of special tours, lectures, films and exhibitions that focus on the importance of architecture and design in everyday life. The many participating organizations aim to raise awareness of the important role of design in our city and to build a lasting civic and international recognition of the richness of New York’s built environment.


Expected completion is 2015.
Read more on http://snohetta.com/project/9-times-square-reconstruction

 

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