While Fosters and Partners has been commissioned to redesign Grand Central Station, architecture firm SOM has proposed a ‘floating’ observation deck above the station that would move up and down the sides of two new skyscrapers, creating a unique way to see Manhattan from above.
The proposal follows an invitation from the Municipal Art Society of New York to re-think the spaces in and around the station. Dezeen reports that the donut-shaped observation deck would attach to two office towers and the firm believes it would offer an iconic landmark with a 360° view of the city skyline. The plans also include new pedestrian routes to help ease congestion, and a series of public spaces. Click through to see pictures of the proposed design: