In an exciting reveal, Tishman Speyer has appealed to the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) for approvals to update Rockefeller Plaza, one of New York’s most iconic public spaces. Renderings from Gabellini Sheppard Associates offer a first look at the many changes the team has proposed.
While the presentation includes few written details, the documents contain over one hundred pages of historic images, renderings, and site plans that allude to what Tishman Speyer envisions as the next phase of the plaza.
The proposed scope of work includes aesthetic renovations to the ground-floor retail façades, new stone planters and greenery surrounding the primary plaza and the adjacent Channel Gardens, and relocation of the John D. Rockefeller Jr. credo monument away from the edge of the plaza to the Channel Gardens in an effort to improve pedestrian circulation.
The proposals also suggest a redesign of the “sunken” portions of the plaza that feed into sub-grade retail levels and dining areas. This also includes increased greenery, renovation of the stairways leading up from the sunken plaza to ground-floor areas, expanded seating areas, and the installation of removable glass and metal railings during the winter months to serve as a barrier for the seasonal skating rink.
The plans were shared with LPC on Tuesday, January 14, where feedback was mostly positive. In an earlier report from Gothamist, LPC and the Historic Districts Council are in agreement that “the proposed changes are well thought out and demonstrate a clear connection with the plaza’s historic design, while simultaneously able to function in our current day.”
The only strong criticism from the agencies argued that the proposed LED-illuminated elevators, which would replace the existing bronze caging, are out of sync with the public plaza and should be reconsidered.
A final decision on the proposals has not yet been announced.