Last year I visited New York City and the recently opened Fulton Center was definitely on my list of places I couldn’t miss. Designed by Grimshaw Architects and James Carpenter Design Associates, the Fulton Center is a transit hub and retail center in Lower Manhattan.
The 3-storey building is topped by an oculus and a Sky Reflector-Net that provide natural light to the retail concourse. I fell in love with the architecture of that oculus and decided to photograph a series of images, titled “Round”.
The blue cast that you can see on the images is not natural, but that’s how the automatic white balance of my camera interpreted the scene and I decided to keep it that way. For a more natural look, see the more “commercial” images at the end of the article.
The atrium of the building under the oculus is also circular, so it is perfect to play with circular shapes. The series explores the links between the different curves and how they form recognizable shapes.
I also photographed a few “commercial” images to show you the space, which is quite nice. The retail spaces were not open yet in July 2015, but I’m sure by the now it is filled with shoppers.
While the architecture is absolutely stunning, I find the space a little tough to navigate, with many stairs and escalators. Also, the LED screens are overwhelming, especially when they display these pink T-Mobile ads.
But overall, I wish more cities would build such transit facilities, with stunning architecture from renown architects.