The Future of New York's Grand Central Station Includes 360 Degree Views of the Skyline The Future of New York's Grand Central Station Includes 360 Degree Views of the Skyline
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The Future of New York's Grand Central Station Includes 360 Degree Views of the Skyline

by Yasha Wallin

November 5, 2012


Anyone afraid of heights beware: The third proposalour favorite—creates an active, "24-hour precinct around Grand Central Terminal in the form of an iconic circular pedestrian observation deck, suspended above Grand Central, and gives visitors a 360-degree panorama of the city." And if that weren't enough, the deck moves up and down vertically, "bringing people from the cornice of Grand Central to the pinnacle of New York City’s skyline."


Most people coming to Grand Central do so in a rush to catch a train, often just on their way in—or out—of the beautiful building. This three-fold proposal gives visitors a reason to stay a while, slow down, and enjoy the scenery. From what we've already seen with projects like The High Line, whose architecture offers little more than a beautiful place to stroll with spectacular views of the city below, the most successful structures of the future will serve as  a beacon for community and engagement and encourage us to take a break from the hustle and bustle.


To punctuate their concept, the architects have even offered a view of what the reinvented landmark would look like if flying overhead. Nothing says icon like a landmark the captain can point out from the cockpit.

Photos courtesy of SOM and SOM/Crystal

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