Floating Deck over Grand Central Terminal
October 26, 2012 - New York
Architecture firm SOM is proposing to build a gigantic, floating halo over New York's Grand Central station allowing visitors a full 360 degree view of the city.
The observation deck would have the ability to move up and down, suspended between two skyscrapers.
The doughnut-shaped structure would be attached to the sides of two new office towers, which would fit in with the current rezoning proposals of the New York City planning department, designating it as a commercial area.
The plans also include new pedestrian routes to help ease congestion, as well as a series of public spaces that are privately owned and managed.
Throughout the history of New York City, urban growth has been matched by grand civic gestures," said SOM partner Roger Duffy.
The proposal is part of a plan initiated by the Municipal Art Society of New York to "keep midtown from becoming an auxiliary neighborhood to Times Square, full of hotels and chain restaurants."
MAS NYC invited three architecture firms who have successfully created structures in New York before to submit their rezoning plans to revamp the 100-year-old station."
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