West 8th Street Subway New York, NYC Metro Building Images, Architecture Project, Architect Info

West 8th Street Subway Building

New Metro Building Development in Manhattan, NY, USA – design Acconci Studio, architects

May 1, 2008

West 8th Street Subway

Location: Manhattan, USA

Architects: Acconci Studio


The architect started a wave; we came in later and tried to make a wave, break a wave.

West 8th Street Subway Building

West 8th Street Subway Building

Like a rise and fall of sand, like an ocean wave: use the wave, then, to make a view – the force of a wave – the wave forces a view.

Not a picture of a wave, not a wave in two dimensions. A wave in all directions. The façade itself should be a wave, like a wave in the ocean, like a wave of sand.

West 8th Street Subway

The façade waves out, bulges out, to enclose the stairway up to the station.

A ramp to the station: the façade waves up and down, it waves out, it breaks to make an entrance.

West 8th Street Subway Manhattan

As the façade waves up and down, it waves in and out. The façade on one level waves in between the waves of the other level.

The façade breathes in on one level, it waves onto the other level, where it breathes out.

Where on façade breathes, the other breathes out.

New York Subway design Acconci Studio architects

As the façade bulges in or out, it reaches a breaking point, it opens to make a view.

Manhattan Subway Building

It bulges in or out just far enough in to make a seat.

West 8th Street Subway New York – images / text from Acconci Studio May 2008

Acconci Studio, New York City, NY,USA

Location: West 8th Street, New York City, USA

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