|When it opened in 1914, this grand landmark, designed by McKim, Mead & White, was NYC’s primary USPS facility. Its conversion to the Moynihan Train Hall, a generation in the making, is an instant new landmark. This major transportation hub, designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill with lighting designers Domingo Gonzalez Associates, is the embodiment of what can be achieved when the public and private sectors work together in a partnership.
The hall’s massive trusses, preserved from the original design, contained skylights covered over during World War II. For the conversion, the roof was removed and replaced with a spectacular vaulted skylight consisting of 3,160 panels spanning over more than an acre and flooding the hall with natural light. The light celebrates and highlights the historic trusses and is employed to enliven important events and holidays.
At night, the lighting strategy retains the sense of transparency created by the skylight. Lighting the facades that bound the skylight was a critical element in reinforcing that transparency.
This complex project, begun in 2014 and taking almost six years to complete, was a public-private partnership originally proposed by the late Senator Daniel Moynihan.
On April 14th, join us for a walking tour with a description of the design process and strategies led by the lighting design team at Domingo Gonzalez Associates. After the tour, we’ll cap the spectacular evening at Tir Na Nog Irish Bar with small bites and drinks.
Walking Tour 5:30 – 6:30pm
Cocktails and Lite Bites 6:30-8:00pm