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Project overview

Attribution: Perkins Eastman, PKSB Architects

Client: Theatre Development Fund, Time Square Alliance, Coalition for Father Duffy, The City of New York

Location: W 47 St, New York, NY, USA 10036

Status: Built, Competition 1st Prize

Scope: Concept Design

Program: Public Square, Ticket Booth

Scale: 300 m2

Year: 1999-2008

TKTS, which was opened on 16th October 2008 by Mayor Bloomberg, began in 1999 with an international competition to re-design the popular TKTS booth at the centre of Times Square.

While the brief simply requested designs for a small-scale architectural structure to replace the existing ticket booth, our entry reframed the competition, believing that the brief was one requiring an urban design response. Our approach thought beyond the functionality of just a ticketing booth, noticing that not one of NewYork city’s great gathering points had a place for people to sit and enjoy the passing show of urban theatre, both literally and metaphorically. There was no iconic arrival marker, no picture postcard to leave with.

Thus, our design terraces public domain upward as a series of tiered red translucent slabs, which forms much needed seating, and houses the new booth underneath.

Giving the plan further potency, the tiered seating is lit from below which uses the whole staircase to glow at night, strengthening the presence of TKTS in such a visually charged context that is Times Square. Not only does the structure create an iconic meeting point in itself, but it also forms the backdrop for the nearby statue of Father Duffy. Importantly, it forms a new public space where TKTS clients and visitors alike can pause to sit and take in the ‘theatre’ of Times Square.

The concept was developed and progressed to construction by architects Perkins Eastman (responsible for the booth) and PKSBArchitects (responsible for the plaza). Through their input the concept evolved to become an exceptional bespoke glass structure sitting on an expanded open plaza.

Stakeholders and government agencies such as Theatre Development Fund, Times Square Alliance, Coalition for Father Duffy and City of New York united behind the concept with the common belief that the project would make a difference.

The TKTS booth has become an iconic marker of Times Square, proving its purpose of becoming both a meeting point and sitting area for the pedestrians of New York City, while strengthening TKTS’ position as a New York cultural institution, being featured in music videos, tv and film alike.

The project has been widely acclaimed for the way in which the design provides public and private benefits while simultaneously strengthening the essentialcharacter of Times Square.

Project partners

Team: Dewhurst Macfarlane and Partners, DMJM Harris, Schaefer Lewis Engineers, Fisher Marantz Stone

Building Contractor:
Gorton Associates, D. Haller, Haran Glass with IG Innovation Glass

Photos and cinematography

John Saeyong Ra, Emile Wamsteker, Ari Burling


2010 GOOD DESIGN Award

2010 American Institute of Architects, National Honors Award

2009 AR Awards for Emerging Architecture, Commendation

2009 WAF Award, Category Winner

2009 The Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Awards

2009 Spark! Design & Architecture Award, Winner

2009 Aust Inst of Arch, Jrn Utzon Award

2009 American Inst of Arch, NY, Best in New York State

2009 American Inst of Arch, NY, Design Award

2009 Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, Peoples Design Award Nomination

2009 Interior Design Magazine, Best of Year Award, Public Space

2009 IESNA Illumination Award: Lumen Citation

2009 D & AD Yellow Pencil Award, Environment Design Category

2009 I.D. Magazines Annual Design Review Award

2009 William H. Whyte Award, American Planning Association NY

2009 Municipal Art Society of New York, MASterworks Award

2009 Travel + Leisure Design Award, Best Public Space

2009 American Institute of Architects, NYC, Design Award Merit

2007 New York Art Commission Award

2000 TKTS2K International Design Competition, 1st Prize

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