Architecture: TKTS Booth & Redevelopment of Father Duffy Square

Jul 26, 2011
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Photography by John Saeyong Ra
  • Designer
  • Architect Choi Ropiha Fighera

TKTS was a project that began in 2000 with an international competition to re-design the existing TKTS booth at the centre of Times Square in New York. The competition was the largest in New York’s history at the time, and attracted designs by 683 entrants from 31 countries. While the competition brief simply requested designs for a small-scale architectural structure to replace the existing booth, we re-framed the problem as one requiring an urban design response.

Our proposal for the new ticketing booth consists of a tiered red resin staircase that rises to form a backdrop for the nearby statue of Father Duffy, simultaneously providing roofing to the booth and a public space above. The shell of the booth is lit from within, generating a powerful glow at night. The design’s iconic strength has seen it become instantly part of the identity of the city and popular culture. It was featured in the Will Smith film _I Am Legend_ and in the music-video of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ song _Empire State of Mind_.

Widely acclaimed for the way in which both public and private benefits are derived whilst strengthening the underlying character of Times Square, it has received an unprecedented 18 international and national design awards.

*Team* Choi Ropiha, Perkins Eastman, PKSB

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