Snøhetta’s design for the permanent pedestrian plaza cleared out decades of old infrastructure cluttering the square while creating a unified ground plane from building front to building front. Ten 15 meters long granite benches allow pedestrians to move through the area more comfortably. The project site, known as the “Bowtie”, forms the heart of the Times Square Theater District, and is bounded by Broadway and 7th Avenue between 42nd and 47th streets. Snøhetta’s design creates uncluttered pedestrian zones and a cohesive surface that reinforces the Bowtie’s role as an outdoor stage.
Times Square, New York
Program: public space renovation
Client: NYC Department of Transportation, Department of Design and Construction, Times Square Alliance
Pedestrian area: 45,245 sqm
Cost: 55 M USD