The Concept: “It’s not meant to just be looked at, it’s meant to be used,” Fleischman says. With walkways weaving through the plaza, it’ll be a prime setting to enjoy some downtime. “We need to use our imaginations more,” he says. “There could be a performance of Shakespeare on the lawn in the summertime, or a high school could have a band concert there on a Friday afternoon.”
The Art: Los Angeles artist Pae White adds splashes of red to the greenery. White drew inspiration from nature to craft 14 aluminum panels with intricate, swirling designs.
The Greenery: About 100 trees will be brought in so an urban forest can take root. Lucinda Sanders of Philadelphia’s Olin Partnership was a collaborator on this portion of the project. “The idea was that when you entered the plaza it would be like a room,” Fleischman says, “the trees become the ceiling of the space.”
Price Tag: $15 million, provided by the Federal Buildings Fund
Completion Dates: The plaza’s west side is slated for a fall 2008 completion. The east portion will be finished the following spring.