'flatiron reflection' unveiled as immersive bundle of shimmering tubes in new york

'flatiron reflection' unveiled as immersive bundle of shimmering tubes in new york

the ‘flatiron/23rd street partnership business improvement district’, a non-profit organization which focuses on community enhancement projects, and the van alen institute have partnered to help realize the ‘flatiron reflection’. the project is the winning design for the fourth-annual ‘flatiron plaza holiday design competition’, in partnership with new york city DOT (department of transportation) art program. the highly visible centerpiece was designed by brooklyn-based firm future expansion to serve as a public art intervention for the bustling destination.

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all images by noah kalina



‘flatiron reflection’ was selected by a jury of design and public art experts, including representatives from the flatiron partnership, new york city DOT art, and van alen institute’s board of trustees. the shimmering installation — situated on the flatiron north public plaza at the intersection of 23rd street, broadway and fifth avenue — will be on view and open to the public through january 1, 2018.

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‘flatiron reflection’ was selected by a jury of design and public art experts



the project takes the form of a bundle of shimmering tubes, creating a fragmented column at the scale of the public plaza. the fluted perimeter offers niches that can be occupied, while a panoramic central space opens out like a stage into the plaza. the conical interior form cuts out the visual noise of the city to isolate the image of the flatiron building and its neighbors on the skyline.

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the installation is designed to be experienced at a variety of scales 



‘the installation is designed for three scales of experience’, explains the future expansion design team. ‘the deeply creased exterior makes spaces for individuals; the interior room offers an intimate panorama for small groups; and the north-facing wedge presents a platform toward the plaza. we hope that the installation opens new possibilities for interaction and experiences while reinforcing the pure public essence of the site.

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the project takes the form of a bundle of shimmering, reflective tubes

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as the lighting conditions change around the piece, the color of the tubes changes 

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the interior room offers an intimate panorama for small groups

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the work will be on view until january 1, 2018

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the north-facing wedge presents a platform toward the plaza

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the installation encourages the public to engage with the immersive environment

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