Moynihan Train Hall Evening Walking Tour

by | Jan 23, 2023 | News

Join us for an exciting follow-up program to last year’s hugely successful walk through of Moynihan Train Hall with Domingo Gonzalez & Associates. This year we return to a transportation hub that is even more bustling – filled with enticing bars, food vendors, and stores. We will see the space under the cover of night, where the spectacular lighting really shines.

When the building opened back in 1914, this grand city landmark, designed by McKim, Mead & White, was New York City’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.

From darkness into light: this former postal facility, shrouded since WWII, beckons travelers from all over, into spacious daylit volumes and where at night, color and light design comes out to play. 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.

Linear lighting frames the skylights and continuously adapts to the intensity and color temperature of natural light. Subtle as daylight fades, bold colors celebrate the trusses and purlins. At night, the lighting strategy retains the sense of transparency created by the skylight.

Join us for this updated lighting tour with full 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 appetizers and libations.

Walking tour 5:30 – 6:30pm (31st Street and 8th Avenue entrance)

Cocktails and appetizers – 6:30-8:00pm (Tir Na Nog Irish Bar and Grill, 254 West 31st Street)

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Read more about the Moynihan Train Hall in our April 2021 issue of designing lighting (dl)