Splendiferous Propeller-like Structure

Kindness! In commemoration of 400 years of friendship between the Netherlands and New York, this fabulous building was constructed. For the public, the “New Amsterdam Plein & Pavillion” will provide info about upcoming events in the area as well as larger events in The Netherlands. It’ll also serve as a food an beverage outlet with seating on the outside. Feed and celebrate at this fantastic new landmark!

The roof and positively undulating sides shine with polished white. The whites of the roof and sides make for huge frames for the giant windows. The center oculus helps airflow with it’s polished aluminim grill work. The pavilion soon will be equipped with LED lights for a constantly changing light show, every night!

The LED show will be “an experience that will carry the animation and drama of the day into the evening”, says designer Ben van Berkel.

This building project is made possible by a grant from Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Battery Convervancy as part of the NY400 celebration. Four hundred years of pal’ing around! Good job folks!

UNStudio is: Ben van Berkel, Caroline Bos with Wouter de Jonge, Christian Veddeler and Kyle Miller, Jan Schellhoff, Wesley Lanckriet, Arndt Willert

Designer: Ben van Berkel of UNStudio

New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion, Battery Park, New York, USA by Ben van Berkel / UNStudio






  • anon says:

    In person, the quality of construction is absolutely terrible, very sub-par. I’m sure part of the problem is that the architect clearly has no clue how to go about making things, they just design a neat shape and hope the construction company can figure it out. I hate design like this where no thought is put into the creation of the actual work beyond a digital model. Looking good on the computer and looking (and working) well in the real world are two different things. It’s take talent to do both.

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