From left: Preston Scott Cohen, principal of Preston Scott Cohen, Inc., and the pedestrian mall between Goldman Sachs and the Conrad New York Hotel
Only recently opened, the interstitial space between the backside of the Goldman Sachs Building at 200 West Street and the Conrad New York Hotel has become, unexpectedly, a vibrant hive of life, light and architectural interest. It was designed by the Cambridge, Mass.-based Preston Scott Cohen and initially opened two years ago, only to be sealed off again for further work.
The space in question, now chock a block with restaurants and purveyors of fine foods and wines, is an example of how architecture can be exemplary in its functionality without necessarily being good as architecture. Through the interplay of three plates that collide at sharp angles, a fairly elaborate glass and steel roof, computer-generated, glazes the curving and irregular space between the two buildings. [more]