Prism - CODAworx


Submitted by INES ESNAL

Client: Toll Brothers

Location: New York, NY, United States

Completion date: 2012

Project Team


Cameron Neilson

Installer assistance

Shan Raoufi


Prism, brings vibrant color and optical illusion to the lobby of a new residential building at 205 Water Street, Dumbo.
Made of triangular surfaces of elastic colored rope, the installation provides a powerful contrast to the concrete walls of the industrial-style lobby. Simple, curving geometries intersect, creating volumes of lit space. As the visitor walks the lobby ramp, transversal views combine the sculpture’s three modules into dynamic alternate perspectives.
The installation is positioned along the wall’s joint lines, acting as a filter of color to emphasize the concrete material. The zenithal light becomes rays of color like an optical prism.


I was an architect at S9 Architecture, working on the design of the 205 Water St residential building in Dumbo, New York, developed by Toll Brothers. I was responsible for designing the lobby, including selecting all materials and details. When the opportunity arose to add artwork to the wall beneath the skylights, I knew exactly what to do and I proposed the solution to enhance the space with color, creating a contrast with the industrial look.