Norwegian Practice Provides Times Square With A Noir Look

Norwegian firm Snøhetta's new design for Times Square pays heed to the historic intersections' lasciviousness, while retaining the popular pedestrianized Broadway.
September 30, 2011, 7am PDT | George Haugh
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Snøhetta architect Craig Dykers muses, "There's that film noir quality that some people have about Times Square and the grittiness of the street is a part of it," he said. "It's not taking its cues from pretty little things in Europe or something. It's kind of like the heart of New York City. It's a heavy, muscular thing."

"Snøhetta rightly chose not to compete with the chaos of the Square, and instead seem to have employed subtle elements throughout to let it shine-and flicker and pulse and glow-in all its glory."

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Published on Thursday, September 29, 2011 in The Atlantic
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