Snøhetta-designed plaza at Times Square opens...kicking off a list of projects the firm will complete in 2014
Just in time for the New Year's Eve celebration, Mayor Bloomberg, along with Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn and Design and Construction Commissioner David Burney, cut the ribbon on the first phase of the permanent reconstruction of Times Square, the first of five public plazas to be redesigned at the popular tourist destination, on 23 December.
Designed by Snøhetta, the $55 million project is part of the largest ground-up redesign of Times Square in generations.
The permanent pedestrian plaza located along Broadway between 42nd Street and 43rd Street features 30,000 sq ft of newly designed pedestrian space. It includes granite pavers, planned seating to be installed in the coming days; the area's first permanent electrical, sound and broadcasting connections for the numerous public events; pedestrian way-finding signage; and LED lighting. With this first plaza now finished, the more than 140,000 sq ft of permanent plaza space is expected to be completed in 2016.
The opening of the plaza is just one in a line of many Snøhetta-designed projects to be completed this year. On 24 January the firm will open the Powerhouse Kjørbo, Norway's first net-zero energy building, followed in the Spring by the much-awaited opening of the National Sept 11th Memorial Pavilion at the World Trade Center.
In the Summer of 2014, Snøhetta will open two buildings; the Isabel Bader Center for the Performing Arts at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada and the Vaven Cultural Center in Umea, Sweden. Last but not least, the firm's striking Reyerson University Student Learning Center in Toronto, Canada will open in the Fall of 2014.