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Fulton Center / Grimshaw

  • 09:00 - 14 January, 2016
Fulton Center / Grimshaw
Fulton Center / Grimshaw, © James Ewing
© James Ewing

© James Ewing © James Ewing © Halley Tsai / Grimshaw © James Ewing +22

  • Design Team

    Primary headhouse building at the corner of Broadway and Fulton
  • Collaboration

    HDR (new entries and platforms) and Page Cowley (the Corbin Building)
  • Executive Architect

  • Prime Consultant and Structural Engineer

  • M & E Consultant

  • Quantity Surveyor

    VJ Associates
  • Main Contractor

    Plaza Schiavone Joint Venture
  • Consultants

    James Carpenter Design Associates (Sky Reflector-Net artwork)
  • Consultant Construction Manager

    PB-Bovis Lend Lease
  • Total Building Cost (total and square foot)

  • Lighting Manufacturer List and Applications

    Edison Price Lighting, Beta Lighting, Io Lighting, and ERCO
  • Approved Building Inspector

    MTA self-certify
  • More SpecsLess Specs
© James Ewing
© James Ewing

From the architect. Situated in the heart of Lower Manhattan, the Fulton Center is designed to be a catalyst for the redevelopment of the area. The dynamic transport environment is a vital link to this commercial center and its growing residential sector, streamlining connectivity between nine MTA New York City Transit subway lines (2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J, Z and R) while enhancing the user experience for 300,000 daily transit passengers.

© James Ewing
© James Ewing

The Fulton Center is organised around a large-scale atrium contained within an elegant, transparent façade. Tapered steel columns draw inspiration from the historic neighborhood’s cast-iron buildings and complement the integration and restoration of the adjacent Corbin Building.


Carefully aligned entrances and exits allow the streetscape to permeate the building, defining clear and efficient pathways to all trains. Once beyond fare control and underground, passengers will encounter brighter, widened passageways with clear signage connecting the complex array of platforms.

© James Ewing
© James Ewing

The transit hub’s atrium ascends to 120 feet and is topped by a conical dome centered on the concourse below.

© Halley Tsai / Grimshaw
© Halley Tsai / Grimshaw

The central architectural concept of redirecting natural light deep into the transit environment culminates in the design of the dome’s interior and a new integrated artwork titled Sky Reflector-Net, a collaboration between Grimshaw Architects, Arup and James Carpenter Design Associates, with preliminary form-finding by Schlaich Bergermann und Partner, commissioned by MTA Arts & Design and MTA Capital Construction Company.

© James Ewing
© James Ewing

Both a neighbourhood asset and regional interchange, the Fulton Center fulfills a significant civic role as a gateway to and from Lower Manhattan. Commuters and visitors alike arrive and depart through a memorable, contemporary urban transit center that celebrates the city’s history while looking forward to its optimistic future

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Daniela Vicente · September 30, 2016

The plans are labelled incorrectly. The "Ground Floor Plan" is actually the 1st Underground level, and the same applies to all the other floors in those plans. So the actual "Second Floor Plan" is missing...

Małgorzata · January 15, 2016

Why this space is so high? To satisfy architect's ego?
I don't see any other reason.

jacob · January 15, 2016 08:10 PM

i'm not sure you understand the goals of a piece of civic architecture like this. the space invokes emotion as intended. as it turns out there is more to consider than function alone. have you been there? are you an engineer?

and let's place the ego label where it REALLY belongs, on the developer/owner. if we weren't on an architecture site right now, it's unlikely that the architect would even be mentioned.

Taneli000 · January 14, 2016

Lessons learned from Chandigarh and American architecture...

YaDawgHomyG · January 14, 2016

Please explain lack of structure in Render 3 Perspective cut-away diagrams... amazing that this whole structure floats effortlessly...

James M · January 14, 2016 08:42 PM

You can see the columns on the ground level in Render 2... but I agree, it's poor form for a rendering to be misleading like this

Croco Dile · January 14, 2016

A nice atrium.
Good engineering !


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