How many of you Long Islander’s commute through Penn Station in New York City? Upon arrival and departure, how often do you observe your surroundings in Penn Station? If not often, I invite you to take a brief moment to witness the unique thought process behind the transformation.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave the green light to revitalize Penn Station and the Farley Post Office across the street in 2016. He announced Vornado and Skanska won the bid for the redevelopment. Reviewing the proposed designs on-line and physically being in Penn Station, you get a very clear sense for where their sparks of inspiration evolved from.
Have you heard of Feng Shui, Bau Biology, Biophillic Design, and Environmental Psychology? These may seem like separate 'design' practices, yet each one conceives similar principles. “let the outside in,” create a more soothing atmosphere during high paced foot traffic, literally and visually create the illusion of a more open and airy space, and use lighting that replicates being outside vs tiring the eyes and mind.
Whether deliberately or just by not saying, these developers have tapped into a wonderful collaboration of Eastern and Western arts and sciences to better the overall the experience and energy flow for commuters and employees.
Yes, that is a digital screen with an image of sky and clouds.