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- March 8, 2011
Site #001: 2 Penn Plaza
The concrete sea that exists around city hall became our muse during the early stages of our project. The gaps amidst these buildings haunt our thoughts as we observe the rat race at micro speeds. There are many beautiful vistas in this city. I am an architecture nut, so I actually enjoy just laying down and looking at the forms the skyscrapers around me take on. At night especially. That is the one and only feature these spans are brilliant for, just taking in the scene. All this requires is just looking up. The way I see is there’s tons of activity that can happen in these spans in the meantime.
2 Penn was made possible thanks to a large Temple Building on the south end and the actual 2 Penn Building on the north. It’s a transitional space, meaning, people are generally crossing through it to get to a subway entrance that marks the openings. It has 2 depressions in it, one with some corporate art, one with a guy peeing in a corner. Both living up to their namesake of “depressions.” Concrete planters sit in line in a form of immobile landscaping bootcamp symmetry.
We spent many an hour in this space, our observations are listed below.