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Impressive glass engineering continues at the front of the ticket booth, where the glass stringer beams connect to a cantilevered glass canopy, made from the same red-tinted glass as the staircase.

TKTS Booth

Perkins Eastman's design for the new TKTS Booth in New York relies on a series of trusses and bearing walls made entirely from glass.

TKTS Booth

Perkins Eastman's design for the new TKTS Booth in New York relies on a series of trusses and bearing walls made entirely from glass.

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    Impressive glass engineering continues at the front of the ticket booth, where the glass stringer beams connect to a cantilevered glass canopy, made from the same red-tinted glass as the staircase.

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    Impressive glass engineering continues at the front of the ticket booth, where the glass stringer beams connect to a cantilevered glass canopy, made from the same red-tinted glass as the staircase.

  • Glass stringer beams rely on the support of load-bearing glass walls to hold the weight of the booth's glowing red staircase and the tourists lounging upon it. The glass pieces are connected with stainless steel brackets and pins, but there is no load-bearing metal in the structure.

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    Glass stringer beams rely on the support of load-bearing glass walls to hold the weight of the booth's glowing red staircase and the tourists lounging upon it. The glass pieces are connected with stainless steel brackets and pins, but there is no load-bearing metal in the structure.

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    Paúl Rivera

    Glass stringer beams rely on the support of load-bearing glass walls to hold the weight of the booth's glowing red staircase and the tourists lounging upon it. The glass pieces are connected with stainless steel brackets and pins, but there is no load-bearing metal in the structure.

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For years, visitors to Times Square’s discount theater ticket booth braved lines that coiled around a temporary structure which, while innovative at the time of its construction in 1973, had stuck around far past its sell-by date. New York–based Perkins Eastman changed that when it unveiled a glowing glass structure—inspired by an unbuilt 1999 competition-winning scheme by Australian architect Choi Ropiha—that is as much of a spectacle as the Broadway shows themselves.

The new structure offers much to be smitten with, from a glass cantilevered canopy to geothermal wells, but what the jury really loved were the glass stringer beams that support the structure’s glowing red staircase-cum-roof; it’s a place for visitors to sit, relax, and enjoy the street theater of Times Square. In the words of juror Craig Hodgetts, “I saw that and I just about lost it. I can’t believe they actually hold all those people up on those glass beams and walls.”

Spanning 28 feet, the beams are made from six layers of glass, laminated in pairs, and then spliced together to increase strength and durability. Since precision was key, the beams were held to a 2-mm tolerance over the course of the entire span. A central saw-toothed section accommodates the red glass treads of the staircase—27 steps in all. Helping to support the weight of the treads are 7-foot-wide, 17-foot-tall glass bearing walls—at the midpoint of the trusses—that weigh nearly 3,000 pounds apiece. “The technology of the glass is really just great,” said juror Lauren Crahan.

The outermost stringer beams are attached to the perimeter glass panels with pins, and the beams connect at the top of the staircase to load-bearing glass walls at the ticket window and at the midpoint with bracketed joints—the stainless steel plate and hardware of which constitute the majority of the metal in the assembly.


 

  • Michael Ludvik
    Michael Ludvik
  • Nicholas Leahy
    Nicholas Leahy

TKTS Booth, New York

Clients Times Square Alliance; Theatre Development Fund; Coalition for Father Duffy

Architect Perkins Eastman, New York— L. Bradford Perkins, Nicholas Leahy, Charles Williams, Kazuaki Iwamoto, Shang Shuri, Zhanxi Fang, Philip Tidwell, Virginia Shou, Luke Yoo, Amra Kulenovic, Jessica Dorf, Meredith Harmon , Giaa Park (project team)

Concept Architect Choi-Ropiha Architects

Plaza Architect William Fellows Architects

Structural Engineer & Façade Consultant Dewhurst MacFarlane and Partners­—Timothy Macfarlane, Michael Ludvik, David Shea, Peter Arbour, Lawrence Dewhurst, Radhi Majmudar

Preservation Architect Bresnan Architects

Construction Manager D. Haller Inc.

M/E/P Engineer Lewis Engineers

Civil & Geotechnical Engineer DMJM Harris

Lighting Consultant Fischer Marantz Stone

Design and Fabrication Engineer Haran Glass, with IG Innovation Glass

Glass Installation David Shildiner; Innovation Glass

Booth Fabrication Merrifield Roberts

Mechanical Subcontractor Trystate Mechanical

Electrical Subcontractor ASR Electrical Contractors

Pylon Fabrication Lettera Signs

2009 R+D Awards

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