Whole Hearts: Proposal for Times Square
|New York, NY
|Times Square Alliance and The Center for Architecture
|Completed, August 2018
|Museum/Gallery, Cultural, Institution, Public Space
|Nahyun Hwang, David Eugin Moon, Violette Ying, Seda Oznal
Robert Silman Associates Structural Engineers
Inspired by a spirit of generosity and kindness, in its after-life, the project continues the theme of caring by addressing the sometime inequitable sharing of resources as each pavilion within the pavilion is designed to be distributed and re-used as a framework for new gazebo structures in the selected community gardens across the city. The collective form achieved by connecting canopies allows for an urban scale structure at the iconic location. Distributed in the intimate settings of community gardens, the structures engage various environmental and ecological initiatives and become infrastructure for new collaborations, knowledge, and friendship.
The project as situated at Times Square is composed of two components - the circular canopy frames and benches - that are both divided and distributed as half units. The whole circles of canopies, as they are separated, tilted, and shifted from their original pairs, generate multiple heart shapes that dynamically change per viewers’ movements, heights, and viewing angles, becoming a focal point and a backdrop for the festivities and collective activities including the Times Square Alliance’s programming. The project can serve as an excellent base for performances and events with the possibility of utilizing the frames for additional backdrops, projections, portable lighting and music equipment etc. The benches function at a much more personal and intimate level, as the color-coded pairs make new connections if the users wish. Both elements are designed to evoke multiple scales and readings of love, affection, and kindness, and engage the visitors and prompt new conversations and activities while producing unusual visual and spatial experiences.