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Snøhetta to Redesign Times Square in New York City
Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 |

Norwegian architects Snøhetta seem to be on a winning spree in America: the firm that was just announced winner in the SFMOMA competition last week was also awarded the Times Square Reconstruction Project to create a series of pedestrian plazas along Broadway, including Times Square.

Rendering of temporary surface treatment

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Rendering of temporary surface treatment "Cool Water, Hot Island" by Molly Dilworth, photo: NYC Department of Transportation

Construction on the permanent plazas is expected in 2012, and in the mean time, the art work "Cool Water, Hot Island" by artist Molly Dilworth is being installed in July as a large-scale surface treatment.

Before & After (rendering) - Aerial view from 47th to 45th streets, photo: NYC Department of Transportation

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Before & After (rendering) - Aerial view from 47th to 45th streets, photo: NYC Department of Transportation

New York City's Department of Transportation and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City held a design competition to find temporary treatments that will refresh and revive the streetscape designs currently in place at the Times Square pedestrian plazas while the department moves forward with the separate design process for the area’s permanent capital reconstruction project which Snøhetta will be in charge off. Plans foresee a complete removal of vehicle traffic from Time Square.

Before & After (rendering) - On top of TKTS staircase, near 47th Street, looking south, photo: NYC Department of Transportation

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Before & After (rendering) - On top of TKTS staircase, near 47th Street, looking south, photo: NYC Department of Transportation

The winning team led by Snøhetta also comprises WXY Architecture and Design, Weidlinger Associates (engineers), Matthew Nielsen (landscape), Billings Jackson Design (industrial) and Bexel (audio-visual). Snøhetta has offices in New York and Oslo.

Before & After (rendering) - Near 43rd Street, looking north, photo: NYC Department of Transportation

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Before & After (rendering) - Near 43rd Street, looking north, photo: NYC Department of Transportation


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BD
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Where are the "pedestrian plazas"?

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