In this design for a public square, an undulating formal language is utilized to connect the previously disparate elements of a difficult site. In the one scheme, a steel and glass kiosk anchors the site, housing a mixed program of food service, storage and a security outpost. A perforated steel canopy provides much needed shade and creates an entrance gateway from the street into the square. The canopy also supports a LED lantern which acts as a beacon to announce the presence of Albee Square on the Fulton Street Mall and to attract visitors from the surrounding neighborhoods. Custom designed curving stepped benches reinforce the geometric language of the square and provide multiple seating areas that encourage gathering and interaction.
In a second iteration, the kiosk is seen as the primary structure that anchors a landscape of oval paving patterns, planting areas and custom-designed benches. The LED element is incorporated into the kiosk as both an experiential light installation and a means of conveying information about upcoming events on the Fulton Street Mall.