[all images courtesy Smith-Miller+Hawkinson Architects ]
a recently completed public plaza in lower manhattan featuring the sculptures of Louise Nevelson.
the project features custom-designed glass benches and a new landscape( with Quennell Rothschild & Partners, Landscape Architect), grew out of a master plan for Lower Manhattan SMH+ created for the LMDC(lower manhattan development corporation). The plaza, located at Maiden Lane and William St., contains several site-specific sculptures by artist Louise Nevelson.
all seven corten steel sculptures have been refurbished and reinstalled in the exact positions Nevelson chose when the plaza opened in 1978. some might think this is quiet a minimal design approach, in fact the choose of materials for paving and benches is a respectful response to the existing sculptures.
previously crowded with overly-grown landscaping(hedge around sculptures!) and bulky stone benches, plus the eyesore security guard… the new design promotes a more flexible and dynamic use of space with an emphasis on opening up the plaza. now these playful sculptures are back on stage again!
+ guard house is behind the black granite to minimize the structure’s visual presence.
+ some night shots of the bench
[all images courtesy Smith-Miller+Hawkinson Architects]
this plaza demonstrated how a public space can(should) offer : a place people come and social during day time, also provides the sense of active(lighting) and safeness(no more hedge) during night time.