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Grimshaw's Manhattan transport hub opens doors

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Grimshaw’s long-awaited Fulton Center transit hub in Lower Manhattan, New York, officially opened to the public yesterday (11 November)

The building, which will be used by 300,000 daily transit passengers, is described as ‘a new front door to downtown New York’. The practice has been working on the scheme for almost a decade and first revealed proposals for the ‘streamlined transport hub’ back in 2005 (see AJ 24.03.05).

The station and retail complex is arranged around a large atrium contained within a transparent glazed building. The atrium rises 35 metres above the concorse, and is topped by a conical dome that is ‘truncated by an angled glass oculus oriented to the southern sky’.

Beyond fare control and underground, passageways have been improved and widened with clear signage to connect the station’s various platforms.

Andrew Cuomo, New York Governor said, ‘This new station makes traveling easier for subway riders, and is a beautiful public space for visitors and commuters to enjoy. We now have a new cornerstone in Lower Manhattan, and I am proud to see this unique complex opened to the public.’

Architect’s view

Vincent Chang, project partner, Grimshaw

From the beginning, we were inspired by the ambience and activity of Grand Central Station. We endeavored to design a similar environment for transit customers and visitors, creating a new front door to downtown New York.

By providing a dramatic, light-filled civic space and incorporating the historic Corbin Building, the transit center represents a microcosm of Lower Manhattan’s evolution - one that reflects both the legacy and the revitalization of the district.

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