Newark Visitor’s Center, New Jersey Building

Newark Visitor’s Center, New Jersey Building, America Design, USA Architecture

Newark Visitor’s Center, USA : New Jersey Architecture

American Public Building – design by Baer, Shifman-Nathan Architects

May 6, 2013

Newark Visitor Building

Design: Baer, Shifman-Nathan Architects

Location: Newark, New Jersey, USA

Newark Visitor Center

Designing the Newark Visitor’s Center meant bridging between opposing forces. On the one hand, there was a need to address the adjacency to the metropolitan center of NYC and its main transportation Hub – the Penn Station. This perspective implied the creation of a vibrant architectural event, which is capable of containing the centrality of Newark and of the reality of New Jersey as one of the most populated states in the US. On the other hand, there was a strong pull to blend with an image of a Garden State, or at least create a gateway to suburban America, which is perceived as a place of refuge, away from the metropolitan intensity.

Newark Visitor Center USA
image from architect

The relatively modest programmatic scale of the project, led us do propose a fluid structure that can operate easily with different realities. Its dynamic shape blends with the speed and traffic flow of Raymond Boulevard, while at the same time it defines a smooth and organic edge to a recreational park on the river front. It’s ambiguous translucent and reflective appearance; demonstrates the different roles of which the structure can play within a complex urban environment.

Newark Visitor Center USA
image from architect

The arrangement of the program is divided into three concentrated clusters. The arrangement is slightly modified in comparison to the suggested usages, in order to enable a flowing transition into the park trough commercial activities. This arrangement I believe may enable incorporating some of the activities of the center with future independent public activities on the lakefront park.

Newark Visitor Center images / information from Baer, Shifman-Nathan Architects


To see all listed projects on a single map please follow this link.




New Jersey Architecture

Recent New Jersey Buildings

Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Princeton University
Hopkins Architects with Payette Associates
Frick Chemistry Laboratory
photo : Princeton University

Frick Chemistry Laboratory

The Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, Montclair, New Jersey
ikon.5 architects
The Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center Building
photograph : James D’Addio

The Yogi Berra Museum

Newark Visitor Center Project, New Jersey
Newark Visitor Center Competition

New Jersey Architecture

Princeton University – Arts Buildings
Steven Holl Architects
New Jersey building
image : Princeton University

New Jersey University Building

University Medical Center Princeton Hospital
RMJM Hillier / HOK
The Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center Building
photo : RMJM HillierHOK

New Jersey Hospital Building

New Jersey House

New Jersey College Building




New York State Buildings

American Architecture

American Architects

Manhattan Architecture

New York Architecture

New York Architects

Comments for the Newark Visitor CenterNew Jersey Architecture page welcome

Newark Visitor Center

Website: United States of America