The 14th Street/Union Square subway station is one of the city’s busiest, a complex where three separate subway lines converge. LHPA conducted a major re-thinking of the entire station complex, then proceeded to renovate and upgrade it according to our master plan: simplifying and consolidating circulation patterns; adding a new concourse linking the lines; and enhancing passenger safety.
With artist Mary Miss, LHPA collaborated in an Arts for Transit program focusing on the historical and inner workings of the station. Using bright red lacquered frames and mirrors, the artist calls attention to historic pillars and wall tiles that were unearthed during the renovation, a theme that now runs brightly throughout the station.
The firm improved the station’s connection to historic Union Square Park and rehabilitated all station entry points above and below ground level. Restoration of all station finishes and signage; waterproofing and structural alterations; and replacing all lighting, plumbing, mechanical, and public address systems were also included. New elevators and barrier elimination made two subway lines accessible to the disabled for the first time.
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