Rendering of the proposed design.
Rendering of the proposed design.

Trygve Lie Plaza

Designed for NYC Parks Department.

Trygve Lie was the first elected Secretary General of the United Nations.  This long, narrow plaza across from the main UN building was named for him when it was first acquired by NYC in 1948, and it had not been reconstructed since that time.

The site came with several major challenges, including a busy avenue on one side, an enormous high-rise residential tower on the other, and large steam lines running underneath.  Our design addresses these elements, and seeks to revitalize the space for residents as well as the many tourists in the area.


View of the existing site (wide sidewalk on left) from Tudor City.


This is how the site looked when the project started.


Rendering of the proposed design.


Rendered master plan for the site.




  • Location: New York, NY
  • Status: Completed
  • Budget: $1.8m