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Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition

Studio Cadena Unveils "Happy" Installation in New York's Flatiron Plaza

13:00 - 21 November, 2018
Studio Cadena Unveils "Happy" Installation in New York's Flatiron Plaza, Happy. Image © Benjamin Cadena
Happy. Image © Benjamin Cadena

Studio Cadena’s Happy installation has been unveiled in New York's Flatiron Plaza. The project is the winner of the fifth annual Design Competition hosted by the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) and Van Alen Institute. As the centerpiece of the annual holiday program, the installation was selected by a jury with expertise across the worlds of design and public art, including representatives from the Flatiron Partnership, New York City DOT Art, and Van Alen Institute’s board of trustees.

Happy. Image © Cameron Blaylock Happy. Image © Cameron Blaylock Happy. Image © Cameron Blaylock Happy. Image © Cameron Blaylock + 7

Future Expansion's 'Flatiron Reflection' Transforms Flatiron Public Plaza for the Holiday Season

08:06 - 8 December, 2017
Future Expansion's 'Flatiron Reflection' Transforms Flatiron Public Plaza for the Holiday Season, © Noah Kalina
© Noah Kalina

The winner of the fourth annual Flatiron Plaza Holiday Design Competition, ‘Flatiron Refelection’ by Brooklyn-based Future Expansion, has been unveiled in New York City.

Hosted by the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) and Van Alen Institute, the temporary installation will serve as the “highly-visible centerpiece” of the neighbourhood’s holiday season programming.

© Noah Kalina © Noah Kalina © Noah Kalina © Noah Kalina + 10

Future Expansion's "Flatiron Reflections" to Transform Flatiron Public Plaza For The Winter

14:00 - 4 November, 2017
Courtesy of Van Alen Institute
Courtesy of Van Alen Institute

The fourth annual Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition winner has been announced--Flatiron Reflection by Future Expansion. In June 2017 non-profit groups Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and Van Alen Institute invited ten design and architecture firms to submit proposals. “The initiative has become a valuable platform for launching new practices, a visible celebration of inventive, temporary designs that enliven public space during a chillier season, and an opportunity to understand how these spaces impact our minds and bodies” states David van der Leer, Executive Director of Van Alen Institute.

Of the ten design and architecture firms invited to submit proposals, Future Expansion with their Flatiron Reflection won the competition. Other participating firms include Annie Barrett, The Principals, Kyle May, Hive Public Space, Schaum Shieh, FIRM a.d. and Practice.

Courtesy of Van Alen Institute Courtesy of Van Alen Institute Courtesy of Van Alen Institute Courtesy of Van Alen Institute + 18

LOT Wins Competition to Transform Flatiron Plaza in New York

16:10 - 31 October, 2016
LOT Wins Competition to Transform Flatiron Plaza in New York, Flatiron Sky-Line / LOT. Image Courtesy of Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition
Flatiron Sky-Line / LOT. Image Courtesy of Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition

LOT has been selected as the winner of the third annual Flatiron Public Plaza design competition in New York, which called for proposals from 5 New York City firms to design a temporary installation to be located at the base of the iconic Flatiron Building.

The winning proposal, titled “Flatiron Sky-Line,” consists of a series of 10 large contiguous arches, constructed out of white powder-coated steel tubes housing LED lights, from which an array of hammocks will be suspended to allow visitors to rest and take in the surrounding landmarks such as the Met Life Tower and Empire State Building.

Radiant Forest / Architensions. Image Courtesy of Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition Flatiron Roc Chair / Büro Koray Duman Architects. Image Courtesy of Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition Vanishing Point / FreelandBuck. Image Courtesy of Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition Silver Shimmer / Young & Ayata. Image Courtesy of Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition + 7

SOFTLab’s “Nova” Transforms Flatiron Public Plaza for the Holiday Season

08:00 - 25 November, 2015
SOFTLab’s “Nova” Transforms Flatiron Public Plaza for the Holiday Season, Courtesy of Van Alen Institute
Courtesy of Van Alen Institute

The Flatiron Public Plaza has unveiled its centerpiece for this year’s “23 Days of Flatiron Cheer” – SOFTLab’s Nova, the winner of a closed-competition hosted by the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) and Van Alen Institute. The project will become the center of the neighbourhood’s festivities for the holiday season, as well as “a highly visible landmark” in the heart of New York.

Courtesy of Van Alen Institute Courtesy of Van Alen Institute Courtesy of 3M Courtesy of Van Alen Institute + 16

SOFTlab Wins Second Annual Flatiron Competition in New York

14:06 - 30 October, 2015
SOFTlab Wins Second Annual Flatiron Competition in New York, © SOFTlab
© SOFTlab

SOFTlab has been chosen as the second annual winner of the Flatiron Public Plaza design competition in New York. Their winning proposal, Nova will open to the public next month on Wednesday, November 18th. Its "crystalline" structure aims to intrigue the passer-by, welcoming them inside for framed views of the Flatiron Building and surrounding landmarks, including the Met Life Tower and Empire State Building.

INABA Frames Empire State Building with Animated "New York Light" Installation

01:00 - 22 December, 2014
INABA Frames Empire State Building with Animated "New York Light" Installation, © Zhonghan Huang
© Zhonghan Huang

Text description provided by the architects. This holiday season, wedged between two New York City icons - the Flatiron and Empire State building - stands the #NewYorkLight public art installation by Brooklyn-based INABA. A magnificent place to experience the Manhattan grid, the installation frames a unique and uninterrupted view of the skyline due to the clearing of Madison Square Park.

© Naho Kubota © Zhonghan Huang © Naho Kubota © Naho Kubota + 14