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World Financial Center Winter Garden

1988 , New York, NY
Design Architect: Pelli Clarke Pelli
Client: Olympia & York Companies (USA)
Categories: Cultural & Public Spaces
About project
About project

This 10-story tall glass-enclosed structure is the heart of the World Financial Center

The winter garden 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 large 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. Adamson’s role involved design development, contract documentation, inspection, and controlled inspection of the envelope.

Location: New York, NY
Design Architect: Pelli Clarke Pelli
Architect of Record: Adamson Associates Architects
Client: Olympia & York Companies (USA)
Size: (10 Storeys) - 45,000 sf / 4,180 sm Retail - 30,000 sf / 2,787 sm
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Winter Garden
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Connected to World Trade Center
Completion: 1988