design PINCUS A+D / BUREAU V client HUDSON SQUARE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION type INSTALLATION location NEW YORK, NY status UNREALIZED year 2011
Colorblock, a proposed installation within the Hudson Square Connection Business Improvement District, intends to enliven its surroundings and attract pedestrians into two under-utilized public spaces. The design, a field of painted and chromed stainless steel masses, is based on a single pre-fabricated form that is replicated at various scales, with varying degrees of enclosure. Each unit contains one reflective panel positioned adjacent to the ground, and an interior, visible through its seams, that is coated in elaborate patterns of electroluminescent tape. These mechanisms work at two scales – at the urban scale, folding the surrounding plaza and inhabitants into a new and curious geometry, and at an intimate scale, where one discovers a hidden world by peeking through the open seams of the forms.