Times Square’s dramatic transformation over the last 10 to 15 years is known worldwide, but the transformation of its core public spaces, which are ordinary at best, has now finally begun. As part of the millennial celebration, Theatre Development Fund (TDF) and the Van Alen Institute held an international competition for a new design for the TKTS booth and the surrounding plaza. The 683 entries made it the largest architectural design competition in New York City history at that time.
The winning concept, by John Choi and Tai Ropiha of Australia, stood out from the rest of the field because of its ability to integrate the many elements of the square. As designed by Perkins Eastman, the glowing glass staircase, mimicking a Greek amphitheatre, created an instant international icon when completed in October 2008. The steps, along with a far larger, sweeping plaza designed by William Fellows that pays appropriate homage to Father Duffy, establish a truly great gathering place in the heart of the world’s most dynamic stage. For more on the history of Duffy Square, including information on its namesake Father Francis Patrick Duffy, the statue of composer George M. Cohan, the TKTS booth, and details on the recent redesign, please click here.
The TKTS booth was recently named "Building of the Decade" by New York Magazine, to read the full article click here.