The ambition of the project was to enliven the existing public space at 100 William Street.

The kiosk would not only ignite the dark atrium by its material and design but also by offering an inviting retail opportunity to passersby. The street level passageway sees heavy foot traffic, is a connection between two lower Manhattan streets, and affords entrance to the subway.

The metal-clad enclosure appears to be bulging outwards from the office tower into the atrium. The design aesthetic is clean, modern, and sophisticated. The basic dimensions of the metal-clad enclosure, which is triangular in plan, are fifty-five feet on the longest side by thirty-six feet on the shortest. It is approximately the size of a typical New York City apartment, about 800 square feet. The enclosure reaches a height of 14'9" at which point a forest of nine foot tall aluminum rods rise above to an overall height of approximately twenty four feet.

The playful sculptural elements that extend above the enclosure are held in place by seventy-eight custom aluminum structural panels. Arranged in a hexagonal grid the 1900 aluminum rods appear to dance in the atrium space. These rods are up-lit by adjustable luminaries that line the edge of the enclosure and are neatly tucked behind the parapet so that they are not visible at street level. Originally designed with fiber optics, the roof sculpture had to be redesigned to its present incarnation to operate within budget requirements.

The retail space within is highlighted by an expansive forty-six foot long glass storefront. The uninterrupted ‘picture window' connects the retail space within to the atrium and vice versa. The storefront consists of ten ¾" laminated glass panels. Two of these panels have been fabricated with a gentle curve; the radius offers the smoothest of transitions around the corners

Key Facts

Interior Commercial Retail
United States

Want to submit your project to World Architecture News?

Contact The Team
  • Town Planning Manager | Housebuilder in Surrey | 3+ years' PQE

    Are you a Town Planner with some commercial experience under your belt (consultancy or developer)? Would you like to work for a regional housebuild...
    • Lewis Davey
    • Surrey - near M25/M23 junction
  • Principal Planning Officer (Local Planning)

    The Planning Policy Team is looking to recruit a member of staff to assist with the Local Plan Review.
    • Chichester District Council
    • Chichester, West Sussex
  • Principal Planning Consultant (Policy)

    This is a career opportunity for somebody looking to play a key role in the delivery of an effective and efficient planning policy service.
    • Capita
    • Manchester/Salford (North West) or Breckland or North Tyneside or Barnet (North London)
  • Enforcement Officer - Hertfordshire

    A Local Authority in Hertfordshire are looking for an Enforcement Officer to assist them with a backlog of cases for an initial contract of 3-6 months
    • Oyster Partnership
    • Hertfordshire
  • Planning Officer

    Do you want to work for a Planning Authority in a superb world-class location, that also has an outstanding record of achievement?
    • Plymouth City Council
    • Plymouth, Devon