NYC Information Center by WXY
Designed by WXY and Local Projects, the new NYC Visitor Information Center just north of Times Square transforms a storefront into an “information space”, seamlessly integrating media design and architecture to meet visitors at any level of engagement. The Center is a portal for New York, where people discover an array of local experiences.The view from the street pulls the visitor into the information architecture. The graphic banding of floor and walls creates a foreshortened perspective to simulate the city experience within the Center.
The 100 top questions are answered at the “FAQ” stations in ten different languages. These touch screens provide visual directions, quick tips, and up to the minute events, that can be emailed to users on the go. For further exploration, a series of multitouch screen tables with sophisticated interactive mapping capability enable visitors to create their custom NYC guidebook. Choose a category to browse, then take a virtual walk in the city’s streets to build your guidebook. The circle around the dot marks the time it takes to walk between sites.
Animating the Center’s back wall, the “FlyNYC” is a space for visitors to influence each other with their own personal choices, as well as with celebrity movies and locals’ tips. Individual itineraries are projected as a personalized helicopter ride over the City.
By moving a puck like a “You Are Here” dot, you find curated highlights, and save interesting locations. To take their custom guidebook to go, visitors get an instant print-out, email, or cellphone SMS with an interactive mapping application.