The Nature of Place
General Motors Plaza lies at the southeast corner of Central Park, with renowned hotels and shopping nearby. From its beginning in 1968, the plaza failed to fulfill its potential. Originally a sunken forecourt of underutilized retail stores, it later became an awkward elevated platform with under-the-plaza dining. This project re-establishes the plaza and space below as an exceptional urban place. In the center is a 32-foot glass cube that is both an entrance and iconographic symbol for the retail store below. Bands of stone define the plaza’s edge and provide casual seating. Rows of trees create a backdrop to two square pools, forming a welcoming place of respite.