At the locus of two famous NYC neighborhoods, East Village and Greenwich Village, this new corner plaza takes full advantage of the vibrant urban life generated by nearby NYU and historic Cooper Union across the street. With a strong architectural alignment of banquette seating, this plaza benefits from its urban context by carefully staging the cherished NYC pastime of street theatre. Using the new Fumihiko Maki-designed building as its backdrop, the layout encourages transverse pedestrian traffic which cuts the corner along the building, retail storefronts and lobby entrance. 24-hour activity at this busy intersection is further enhanced by the light wands and cove lighting beneath the banquet seating. This unique NYC public space has replaced the famous Rosenthal Cube traffic island as the go-to social gateway to the “villages.” The faceted topographic green roof on the building setback hosts an outdoor lounge terrace and softens views from adjoining buildings.
The plaza’s simple but strong program and forms have helped anchor this new building to its neighborhood and earned the public’s warm embrace.
Stanford University Campus Planning and Projects
Over the past 20 plus years SWA has been working with Stanford University to reclaim the 100-year-old master plan vision of Leland Stanford and Frederick Law Olmsted for the campus. This series of campus improvement projects has restored the historic axis, open spaces, and landscape patterns. With Stanford Management Company, SWA designed the Sand Hill corrido...
Originally completed in 1972, Perk Park is a vestige of IM Pei’s urban renewal plan. It was built in an era when the street was seen as a menace so parks turned inward. Rolling berms around the edges and sunken areas in the middle, filled with concrete retaining walls, reflected that era. Not surprisingly, the park fell into decline; abandoned by the neighborh...
33 Beekman Street Plaza is a public plaza that also serves as the front entrance to a new 30-story Pace University Dormitory, located in the financial district. The contemporary plaza appearance synchronizes with the contemporary plaza of Frank Gehry’s high-rise residential tower across Beekman Street to South.
CODA Tech Square
The new Coda building in Atlanta’s Technology Square represents a $375 million investment in the budding innovation district: the Southeast’s premier innovation neighborhood. The area has attracted industry innovation centers that include AT&T Mobility, Panasonic Automotive, Southern Company, Delta Air Lines, The Home Depot, Coca-Cola Enterprises, NCR, a...