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Winner - Platinum
Designer: P.E., Choi Ropila & PKSB
Design Type: Architecture, Spaces
Company / Organization / School: Perkins Eastman Architects
The project began in 1999 with a competition to re-design the TKTS Booth. While the competition brief envisioned a small architectural structure to replace the existing one, Choi Ropiha reframed the problem as requiring a broader urban design response to provide a center for Times Square—and won the competition. Their design solution was a series of red resin steps atop a steel frame, forming a roof for TKTS’s operations and a grandstand for patrons and visitors. In 2001, Perkins Eastman was brought on board to evaluate the Choi Ropiha scheme. Several approaches were developed and from those a final design was selected: glass would now be employed as the TKTS Booth’s sole structural component for the steps and the booth itself would be freestanding within the glass enclosure. William Fellows transformed the public space of the square to provide increased traffic and more prominence for the Father Duffy statue.