FILTER was thoughtfully designed by CLB Architects, and aptly named. The 20-foot-tall steel ellipsoid pavilion will serve as a monument to the natural environment in the urban landscape of Times Square. In partnership with EMIT’s material donation and fabrication, the CLB team was able to create the extraordinary work of art.
The ring of pre-fabricated steel columns creates a place of contemplation where one is removed from the chaos of city noise and everyday life. The experience is meant to create a moment of discovery, encouraging visitors to enter a mental space of solace. Constructed of steel and wood, FILTER is a tactile, sustainable, and renewable structure that celebrates our precious natural environment, as represented by a specimen tree at its center. The chapel-like structure fosters a sense of calm and encourages the visitor to be in the moment, connecting with one’s self and the environment in this introspective space.
In addition to providing refuge for momentary meditation, Eric Logan, partner of CLB Architects, sought to deliver a message about material conservation. At the close of the event, the structure will be reassembled in Wyoming at EMIT’s headquarters and enjoyed for generations to come. The tree will be donated to The Battery Conservancy.
Times Square at West 46th Street and 7th Avenue