(designer)Peter M. Wheelwright
Revealed Adjacencies: Spatial Simultaneity in the Urban Strata explores issues of urban monument, infrastructure, verticality below the ground plane, public space, movement, and light through an episodic architectural and lighting intervention within the 59th Street – Columbus Circle subway station and its immediate surrounds. Peeling down the edge of Central Park, extending existing park paths into the subway station below, an entirely new relationship forms between the open space of respite and meandering of Central Park and the enclosed space of focused commuting of the station. Opening up the fountains of Columbus Circle with glass bottoms permits much-needed daylight access to train platforms, while painting a new texture as light interacts with water. New life is injected into an underutilized central platform, adding programmed space—a two-story newsstand and an annex to the Museum of Arts and Design—to anchor the two ends of the underused platform. At night, the performance of commuting below ground is reflected above, with light emerging from the newly introduced apertures.
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