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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
10,500 SF
Nahyun Hwang, David Eugin Moon, Violette Ying, Seda Oznal  
Robert Silman Associates Structural Engineers  

Nam June Paik Art Center renovation project reconfigures about 12,000 sf of the existing museum (more than one third of publicly accessible area) and provide the public with new ways to interpret, linger, exchange, and inhabit the institution. The large shell of the art center provides unusual opportunity to explore the idea of “building in building” and “figure in figure” and test the typological approach to appropriate the sites of institutional conventions for more flexible and transformative public use.

“Open Ground,” the new entry floor of the museum is designed around three large-scale programmatic zones - WORKSHOP circle, floating PROJECT GALLERY, and the new environment for Paik’s “TV GARDEN (1974)”- with a strong figural presence and spatial characteristics, and aims to promote extended duration and accentuate the unexpected and multifarious ways that the public interacts with the art and its stories. Combined with supplementary mobile elements, the three buildings within the building also frame additional user amenities.

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