INABA illuminates the flatiron plaza with new york light installation
 
INABA illuminates the flatiron plaza with new york light installation INABA illuminates the flatiron plaza with new york light installation
dec 24, 2014

INABA illuminates the flatiron plaza with new york light installation

INABA illuminates the flatiron plaza with new york light installation
photo © naho kubota
all images courtesy of INABA

 

 

 

the flatiron plaza is a unique space in new york. standing in the middle of the space, people can see two of the city’s great landmarks: the flatiron and empire state buildings. it is a place to experience the magnificence of manhattan’s urban plan – with a dramatic view of broadway cutting diagonally through the famous grid. and because madison square park creates a clearing in the urban fabric, the site is one of the few places in the heart of the metropolis to see the skyline from street level.

inaba new york light flatiron plaza designboom
view from the flatiron building looking northward to the installation
photo © cameron blaylock

 

 

 

INABA‘s public art installation ‘new york light’ pays tribute to the special experiences from this one-of-a-kind vantage point. designed to echo the form of the plaza’s namesake building, the prow of the structure frames the flatiron. at the other end, the steel tube project opens northward toward broadway and fifth avenue, outlining a view of the empire state.

inaba new york light flatiron plaza designboom
framing the flatiron
photo © zhonghan huang

 

 

 

hundreds of mirror-finished panels hang from the construct so visitors standing inside can enjoy the views surrounded by partial reflections of the immediate neighborhood. for the city that never sleeps, animated LEDs illuminate the components at night, inviting opportunities to take photos with friends or of oneself with the downtown landscape in the background.

inaba new york light flatiron plaza designboom
programmable LEDs are set a series of animations
photo © zhonghan huang

 

 

 

in addition to offering passersby with these perspectives, the work serves as an illuminated backdrop for events. performers stand at the north end while the structure provides a visual buffer to traffic along 23rd St.

inaba new york light flatiron plaza designboom
view from 23rd Street
photo © zhonghan huang

 

 

 

according to the designers, ‘the area’s beautiful evening light comes from the many residential buildings facing the plaza. they cast a glow that’s softer than in the flashier more commercial squares along broadway – with a hue that is more indicative of the public spaces in the city’s many residential neighborhoods. it’s this quality that ‘new york light’ tries to replicate and literally reflect this holiday season.’

inaba new york light flatiron plaza designboom
events will take place here throughout the holiday season
photo © cameron blaylock

inaba new york light flatiron plaza designboom
the flatiron plaza
photo © naho kubota

inaba new york light flatiron plaza designboom
view looking south down broadway
photo © naho kubota

inaba new york light flatiron plaza designboom
detail of the reflective panels
photo © naho kubota

inaba new york light flatiron plaza designboom
the panels enhance the aesthetic
photo © naho kubota

inaba new york light flatiron plaza designboom
the work provides a visual buffer
photo © INABA

inaba new york light flatiron plaza designboom
the immediate area is home to several landmarked buildings and madison square park
photo © naho kubota

 

 

project info:

 

project organizers: flatiron 23rd street partnership (jennifer brown, jane kojima), van alen institute (david van der leer, jerome chou)
project team: INABA (jeffrey inaba, yoichiro mizuno, zhonghan huang), tillotson design associates (suzan tillotson, erin dreyfous, megan pfeffer), bengal.fierro (tomer bengal, carlos fierro), robert silman associates (nat oppenheimer, pat arnett, paul laroque), walsh electrical contractors (ryan walsh, mike acquesta)
photography: naho kubota, cameron blaylock, zhonghan huang
with additional generous support from: DLC, international lights, crestron, bartco lighting

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news

    ×
    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    501,541 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample