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Flatiron Partnership and Van Alen Institute Announce Winner of Third Annual Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition – Flatiron Sky-Line

Earlier this week, the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) and Van Alen Institute announced LOT’s Flatiron Sky-Line as the winner of the Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition, the third annual competition of its kind, which called for proposals from New York design firms for a temporary installation in the heart of the Flatiron District. LOT’s winning proposal, Flatiron Sky-Line, will be the centerpiece of the Partnership’s annual holiday programming and a highly visible landmark in this thriving New York City neighborhood.

Flatiron Sky-Line is a series of 10 large contiguous arches, constructed of white powder-coated steel tubes with LED lights. Hammocks suspended from the arches allow visitors to relax and gaze upon the district’s architectural sights.

LOT, an award-winning architectural and design firm based in New York City and Greece directed by principals Eleni Petaloti and Leonidas Trampoukis, has developed an array of projects, ranging from objects and installations to interior spaces and buildings, across the world, including showrooms, lofts, and sculptural displays. Flatiron Sky-Line will be the firm’s first large-scale public installation in New York City.

Flatiron Sky-Line is an engaging installation, creating a social space underneath the illuminated arched outline, a structure to walk within and around, gaze through it towards the skyline, and experience Flatiron’s surroundings through a certain lens,” said Leonidas Trampoukis. “The simplicity of the installation’s design will draw in audiences, and, we expect, producesignificant feelings as they stand in one of our country’s most recognizable intersections.”

The installation opens to the public on Monday, November 21 on the North Flatiron Public Plaza at Broadway, Fifth Avenue, and 23rd Street, and will remain on view through the holidays as part of the Partnership’s “23 Days of Flatiron Cheer” programming. The installation is permitted through NYC DOT Art.

The closed call competition began in June 2016, when the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and Van Alen Institute – an organizer of design competitions for more than 120 years – invited five design and architecture firms to submit proposals. Invited firms were: Architensions; Büro Koray Duman Architects; Freeland Buck; LOT; and Young & Ayata. A jury with expertise across the worlds of design and public art, including representatives from the Flatiron Partnership and Van Alen Institute’s board of trustees, reviewed the proposals.

"The holiday installation is now a tradition in the district that is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.  It provides a festive experience on the Public Plaza during the holiday season,” said Jennifer Brown, Executive Director of the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership. Flatiron Sky-Line most certainly will become a destination for people who already are in love with Flatiron – or are visiting our neighborhood for the first time.”

“This project is an exciting opportunity to engage with a local site and designer,” said David van der Leer, Executive Director of Van Alen Institute. “LOT’s Flatiron Sky-Line offers a chance for visitors to the plaza to pause and witness the spectacular landmarks and invigorating street life of the neighborhood.

“DOT Art is committed to supporting interactive public art installations that temporarily change the City’s public spaces in both safe and surprising ways,” said DOT Assistant Commissioner of Design + Art + Wayfinding Wendy Feuer. “We are excited to be partnering with the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership for the third year and value the organization’s dedication to commissioning interesting and sometimes playful installations during the busy holiday season.”

Download the full press release, here.


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