NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Located in Lower Manhattan, Brookfield Plaza is centered on a critical east-west pedestrian link connecting the World Trade Center Memorial site to Battery City Park and the Hudson River. The plaza acts as an arrival for the southern part of Brookfield Place as well as an urban terminus to the northern point of South End Avenue. Despite its strategic location, the plaza suffered from a lack of continuity and identity. The design for the Plaza creates a new unified space by extending paving through the area while eliminating curbs that divided the ground plane. A landscape sculpture consisting of three rotating vegetative planes and Manhattan schist stone emerges from the ground to create a centerpiece for the plaza. Theodore Hoerr was Principal at Balmori while leading the design of this project. Images courtesy of Balmori.