The winning proposal for the Van Alen Institute’s annual Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition has been installed in the heart of the Flatiron District in New York. Presented conjointly with the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership, the competition—now in it’s third year—aims to produce a highly visible temporary landmark for the traffic island at the crux of Broadway, Fifth Avenue, and 23rd Street. The winning design, “Flatiron Sky-Line,” was designed by New York– and Greece-based firm LOT, founded by Eleni Petaloti and Leonidas Trampoukis.
Anchoring the Partnership’s annual “23 Days of Flatiron Cheer” programming, “Flatiron Sky-Line” comprises 10 interconnected archways—each illuminated along its entire length by inset LED lights and adorned by beguiling hammocks that seek to engage passersby. Delineated by its tubular arched components, the project’s trapezoidal form echoes the distinguishing wedge-shaped footprint of the adjacent Flatiron Building.
“’Flatiron Sky-Line’ creates a dynamic new social space underneath its illuminated arches. The structure invites visitors to walk within and around it, gaze through it toward the skyline, and experience the Flatiron District’s surroundings through a unique lens,” said Trampoukis. “The simplicity of the design draws in passersby and inspires them to savor this iconic intersection.”
“Flatiron Sky-Line” will remain on view through the holidays from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily, weather permitting.