Jeffrey Inaba’s Brooklyn practice INABA has been selected as the first-ever winner in the Flatiron Plaza Holiday Design Competition with New York Light. Organized by the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and Van Alen Institute, the inaugural installation will be constructed in front of the famous Flatiron Building for the duration of the 2014 winter season.
From the architects: “Created to echo the plaza’s namesake building, the installation will frame the Flatiron Building to its south. At the other end, the steel tube installation faces north along Broadway, opening up to outline a view of the Empire State Building. Mirror panels hang from the structure so visitors standing inside can see these views bordered by partial reflections of the plaza’s surroundings. At night, twinkling LEDs illuminate the structure to create dramatic vantage points and inviting opportunities for photos with friends with the city in the background.”
“The Flatiron Plaza is one of the few places where it’s possible to truly experience the magnificence of Manhattan’s urban plan. And it’s a unique spot in the heart of the city where the sky and skyline can be seen from street level,” said Jeffrey Inaba, Founder of INABA. “The installation is meant to be a place to take in these qualities, as well as to appreciate all of the street activity day and night through its many reflective panels.”
New York Light will debut in the North Public Plaza at Broadway, Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street just before Thanksgiving. It is the result of a collaboration between INABA, Tillotson Design Associates, Ben Gal Fierro, and Buro Happold.
More information regarding the events surrounding the installation can be found here.