Client: Alliance for Downtown New York
Location: New York, NY, United States
Completion date: 2023
Nancy Hou and Josh de Sousa
Rebar, steel plate, paracord
32’ x 32’ x 10’
Rising from the canyons of Downtown New York, “Geo” immerses the public in a full-spectrum world of color and light. A microcosm of its towering urban context, the project is composed of vertical prisms that interlock to form crystalline clusters. Each steel frame is interwoven with fluorescent paracord that provides a pop of color during the day, and bursts with a surreal glow at night. Over 5 miles of rope was vertically oriented, creating a shimmering affect that continuously shifts as one moves through the project.
Given the heavy foot traffic present on site, Geo was designed to be delivered and installed over the course of a single day. Geo’s 49 frames combine to create a broad footprint that maximizes structural stability, while its efficient use of material encloses a large and highly transparent volume of space. The perimeter of the project is punctured by five entrances and interconnected corridors, effectively welcoming visitors to meander and explore the project, while also being open enough for locals to pass through easily when getting from point A to point B.