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New York City’s Times Square Transforms Into A Pedestrian-Friendly Public Space
By Izza Sofia, 20 Apr 2017
In 2010, Snøhetta was selected to transform Times Square in Midtown Manhattan from a congested crossroad—one most New Yorkers avoided—into a pedestrian-friendly public plaza.
The project focuses on the glitzy, billboard-laden heart of the Theater District—a 5.18-acre, bowtie-shaped area where Broadway and 7th Avenue intersect. According to Dykers, the project was “less about adding things, and more about taking things away”.
Snøhetta’s design, which eliminated most curbs and introduced dark precast concrete pavers embedded with steel discs that capture the neon glow from above, creates a cohesive ground plane.
Snøhetta added ten 30 to 50-foot-long granite benches along Broadway to orient visitors and power supply is embedded within the benches to eliminate the need to bring in temporary generators for events.
On any given day, Times Square is home to large happenings, therefore it is important to have a design that responded to day-to-day activities as well as special occasions.
Take a look at the transformation below, or head to Dezeen to read more.
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