Named one of the twenty most significant buildings in the city in "Architecture in Detail: New York"
The New 42nd Street Studios is an unusual project reinterpreting the purpose of the Times Square Entertainment District. The large public project was intended to get new economic benefits from New York’s famously glitzy Times Square – giving it meaning beyond re-created kitsch. In place of the conventional Times Square neon, the entire façade is an abstract collage of color and light that signals its use as a creative “factory” for the performing arts. Perforated metal blades and dichroic glass create pattern and color by day. At night, theatrical lights play over the facade in an infinitely variable sequence of colors.
Commissioned by the not-for-profit arts organization The New 42nd Street, Inc., the building provides eleven stories of spacious dance studios along with two reception halls, a black box theater, and dressing and office facilities for dance and other performing arts companies. The project has won numerous architectural design awards including a 2002 National Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects.
The New 42nd Street Studios has been exhibited at New York’s Urban Center as one of the city’s thirty most distinguished buildings built during the last thirty years. New York Magazine included it in “The New York Canon.” It was also featured in numerous publications, including Marcia Reiss’s book, Architecture in Detail: New York, where it was named as one of the twenty most significant buildings in the city, and Peter Hyatt’s Great Glass Buildings.