When you visit the iconic Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, you’ll not only get to explore one of the best museums in the world, but you’ll soon be welcomed by a newly designed four-block plaza. Since the plaza hasn’t been updated since 1968, the new environmentally-friendly plaza is sorely needed.
New features designed to complement the symmetrical facade, will include new fountains, shady seating areas, allées of majestic Littleleaf Linden trees and an impressive stormwater management system. The new system will also help ease the urban heat island effect so common in cities. A suspended paving system will allow new tree pits to collect and utilize up to 80,000 gallons of rainwater! Underground detention areas will collect excess water and slowly release it into the stormwater system, lessening demand on the city’s aging infrastructure.
For more information and images, visit the website of Olin Studio, the lead design consultant for The David H. Koch Plaza. The expected completion date is fall 2014.