World Financial Center Winter Garden

Adamson was the Architect of Record for the glass-enclosed structure at the heart of the World Financial Center. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli, the space serves as the central meeting place for the entire complex. Visitors descend a large circular marble staircase to the central grove of 16 palm trees.

The Winter Garden is home to the Arts & Events Program, an innovative series of performing and visual arts programs presented in the public spaces of the WFC. The Winter Garden is lined with specialty shops and fine restaurants servicing the daily gatherings of thousands.

To control the acoustics, a 10-story tall fabric is suspended over the portable stage and the lighting and sound have been completely integrated within the barrel-vaulted glass enclosure. Acoustical consultants Smith Fause of Los Angeles designed the lighting and acoustical fabrics.  

In 2001, Adamson once again collaborated with Pelli Clarke Pelli on the restoration of the Winter Garden which was partially destroyed by the collapse of the World Trade Center. The renovation received the New York Construction News' Award of Merit for Restoration in 2002.

Location: 
New York, New York
Design Architect: 
Pelli Clarke Pelli
Architect of Record: 
Adamson Associates Architects
Client: 
Olympia & York Companies (USA)
Completion: 
1988