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Plaza 33 - An Oasis in Midtown's Mayhem

by W-Architecture | Posted 08/27/2015 6:37 AM

Plaza 33 - An Oasis in Midtown's Mayhem

Check out the W team hanging out in Plaza 33! A terrific article on the plaza was just published by the Wall Street Journal. The article, "An Oasis in Midtown's Mayhem," heralds the plaza as a refuge from the crowds and grit that have historically surrounded Penn Station. The plaza is part of a neighborhood revitalization plan, which includes improving the pedestrian experience for the area. The project design was completed in only a few months, was opened on August 10th, and will remain open until October 11. If Plaza 33 remains successful, a permanent plaza may be developed for the location in the future. 

Plaza 33 is Open!

by W-Architecture | Posted 08/11/2015 7:59 AM

Plaza 33 is Open!

The plaza near Penn Station that W designed is now open! Plaza 33 is a temporary pedestrian plaza on the east side of 33rd Street between 7th Avenue and Madison Square Garden. The plaza includes an amphitheater for sitting and sunning, a Roy Lichtenstein sculpture and a Keith Haring sculpture, featured eateries and places to eat, and events every day through October. Events include free concerts, movie nights, salsa classes, and popup yoga. Stop by and enjoy this re-imagined space in an unexpected location!

LES Ecology Center Compost Facility Redesign Kickoff

by W-Architecture | Posted 07/28/2015 9:07 AM

LES Ecology Center Compost Facility Redesign Kickoff

On a lovely day last week, we attended the kickoff meeting for the redesign of the Lower East Side Ecology Center's compost facility. W will be working with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation to reorganize the compost process and site to create a sustainable and educational facility which will filter the compost leachate through a series of wetlands that store stormwater to create a new freshwater habitat for birds and other animals. The center's location on the lower east side promenade will provide excellent visibility for educational purposes.

Plaza 33 Opening Soon...

by W-Architecture | Posted 07/20/2015 4:14 PM

Plaza 33 Opening Soon...

W is working with Vornado Realty Trust to create an open plaza on the east side of 33rd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues next to Madison Square Garden and Penn Station. The plaza will include a public amphitheater, flexible seating and shade, two sculptures, and a number of featured eateries. Once the plaza opens, there will be musical performances, fitness workshops, movies, games, and more. The plaza will be open from August to October- if New Yorkers support the plaza, it should become a permanent fixture in the area. Stay tuned for information on the opening day!

Michel deBroin's "Bloom" Goes Up at St. Patrick's Island

by W-Architecture | Posted 07/15/2015 2:04 PM

Michel deBroin's "Bloom" Goes Up at St. Patrick's Island

Michel deBroin's Bloom won Calgary Municipal Land Corporation's public art competition in 2013. The light and metal sculpture measures 24 meters tall and is currently being installed on St. Patrick's Island. The sculpture will be visible at night in order to encourage people to frequent the island after dusk. Bloom is inspired by an encounter between the natural landscape of the park and the urban cityscape. Large urban streetlights are assembled together to form the sculpture - a seed of the city sprouted among the trees. Bike and pedestrian paths wind around and underneath the sculpture, and it will be visible from the bridge and opposite shores. 

Wavertree Bon Voyage!

by W-Architecture | Posted 06/08/2015 2:24 PM

Wavertree Bon Voyage!

The 1885 ship WAVERTREE, the crown jewel of the South Street Seaport Museum's fleet, left for the shipyard on May 21st to undergo a massive New York City funded stabilization and restoration project. W is leading the $9 million plus stabilization and restoration project, the largest of its kind undertaken in the USA in recent history. W attended the sendoff for the ship (on the right in the photo above) as it left the South Street Seaport for Caddell Drydock and Repair in Staten Island, where the ship will be preserved and re-rigged. The WAVERTREE will return to the South Street Seaport in 2016. The restoration of the historic ship is a key part of the South Street Seaport Museum's plan to revitalize the lower Manhattan waterfront and highlight the meaningful historic connections of this important part of New York.

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