NYC subway stations don't exactly have the best rep when it comes to having access to daylight, but the upcoming Fulton Center promises to be a different experience entirely. The station recently installed a $2.1 million, 79-foot-high Sky Reflector-Net on its dome in order to draw in natural light. The reflective aluminum diamond web is an artist/architect/engineer collaboration amongst James Carpenter Design Associates (JCDA), Grimshaw Architects and Arup that will flood the transit center with beams of ambient light extending into mezzanines, passageways and perhaps even onto platforms. The net-like structure is comprised of a series of glass blades, stainless steel lattices and slender cables that hang between two rings along the dome’s 8,500 square-foot surface. Click through our gallery to check out some striking shots of this show-stopping oculus.
Sky Reflector-Net happens to be the largest individual artwork commissioned by the New York Metropolitan Authority’s Arts for Transit and Urban Design division. Arch Paper reveals that the 952 perforated, diamond-shaped and triangular aluminum panels that make up the structure individually reflect approximately 95 percent of the light that strikes them. The largest reflective pane measures over eight feet tall.
James Carpenter Design Associates reveals the structure’s innovative light-spreading ability in the following statement posted on their site: These fragments of specular material project shafts of light down to the lowest depths of the station. The geometry of the dome and its metal lining was analyzed and refined to optimize the orientation and reflection of daylight. At night, the dome is lit from within through strategic interactive artificial lighting, transforming Fulton Street Transit Center into a glowing icon.
The new transit center, which will accommodate 275,000 passengers per day, is set for completion next year. Complete renovation costs have nearly doubled to a total of $1.4 billion since the project broke ground in 2003.
Via Arch Paper
Images via MTA