Our design entry for the Tribeca Infobox is a house turned inside-out: the brick walls are on the inside, and the wallpaper is on the outside.
The building is located centrally along Great George Street. Its parallelogram shape is defined by the present and future street layouts. Like a gatehouse on a city wall, the Infobox is both part of the hoarding that protects the site and an opening within it.
Visitors enter through an oversized fireplace into a reception with office space adjacent. Up on the first floor is a space for meetings and presentations behind the mirror above the mantelpiece. The second floor houses the sales area and a big model, which visitors can also look at from above through the cut-out in the third floor exhibition space and main viewing area. The saw-tooth roof bounces north-light down and lights the model.
Throughout the building, visitors can look out through lacy picture frames into the Tribeca site. From Great George Street these frames exhibit either the visitors themselves or work in coordination with the arts programme.