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New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion

Architect: UNStudio (2008)

Location: New York City, NY


When I first came upon this after stepping out of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, I thought: "What's Zaha Hadid doing designing hot dog stands?" But apparently, this was designed by the Dutch firm, UNStudio, as the Netherlands Pavilion for an exposition that took place in the city (NY 400). It was donated to NY by the Dutch government after the expo and was placed at the foot of Battery Park, in Peter Minuit Plaza, to serve as a hospitality center and snack bar. Only the snack bar was open when I was there.


My daughter asked me to say that she really liked their hot dogs.

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Taken on August 12, 2012