Situated in the heart of Lower Manhattan, the Fulton Center by Grimshaw Architects, is designed to be a catalyst for the redevelopment of the area. The dynamic transport environment is a vital link to this commercial center and its growing residential sector, streamlining connectivity between nine MTA New York City Transit subway lines (2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J, Z and R) while enhancing the user experience for 300,000 daily transit passengers.
The Fulton Center is organised around a large-scale atrium contained within an elegant, transparent façade. Tapered steel columns draw inspiration from the historic neighborhood’s cast-iron buildings and complement the integration and restoration of the adjacent Corbin Building.
Carefully aligned entrances and exits allow the streetscape to permeate the building, defining clear and efficient pathways to all trains. Once beyond fare control and underground, passengers will encounter brighter, widened passageways with clear signage connecting the complex array of platforms.
The transit hub’s atrium ascends to 120 feet and is topped by a conical dome centered on the concourse below.
The central architectural concept of redirecting natural light deep into the transit environment culminates in the design of the dome’s interior and a new integrated artwork titled Sky Reflector-Net, a collaboration between Grimshaw Architects, Arup and James Carpenter Design Associates, with preliminary form-finding by Schlaich Bergermann und Partner, commissioned by MTA Arts & Design and MTA Capital Construction Company.
Both a neighbourhood asset and regional interchange, the Fulton Center fulfills a significant civic role as a gateway to and from Lower Manhattan. Commuters and visitors alike arrive and depart through a memorable, contemporary urban transit center that celebrates the city’s history while looking forward to its optimistic future
Location: 200 Broadway, New York, NY 10038, USA
Area: 190000.0 ft2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: James Ewing, Halley Tsai / Grimshaw
Design Team: Primary head house building at the corner of Broadway and Fulton
Collaboration: HDR (new entries and platforms) and Page Cowley (the Corbin Building)
Executive Architect: Grimshaw
Prime Consultant and Structural Engineer: ARUPM & E
Quantity Surveyor: VJ Associates
Main Contractor: Plaza Schiavone Joint Venture
Consultants: James Carpenter Design Associates (Sky Reflector-Net artwork)
Consultant Construction Manager: PB-Bovis Lend Lease
Total Building Cost: (total and square foot)$1.4B
Lighting Manufacturer List and Applications: Edison Price Lighting, Beta Lighting, Io Lighting, and ERCO
Approved Building Inspector: MTA self-certify