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.
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.
A new office tower, theater and café pavilion known as Alameda is being built in the high end district of downtown Sao Paulo; the centerpiece of the site design is the Alameda civic plaza. Lifted gently above the street level, four generous steps invite visitors to enter and explore the plaza while branded light pylons at all major entrances serve as place mar...
Located in the center of the vibrant Times Square district, this new four-star hotel (one of only three in New York City) serves as the base for well-traveled tourists, businessmen and dignitaries from around the world. As a unique product of the hotel’s branding and place-making strategy, the client asked that the courtyard make a memorable first impression o...
Schuylkill Yards Highline Plaza
Highline Plaza at Schuylkill Yards will transform an underutilized surface parking lot into a vibrant landscape of connection that celebrates the distinctive infrastructure of the CSX highline and the adjacent railyards between two distinguished new skyscrapers designed by PAU Architecture and HDR. The half-acre plaza will be highly programmed, with active and...