New York’s payphone of the future: See the winning design

Posted at 9:41 PM, Mar 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-18 21:41:33-04

We’ve been on a payphone hunt in the city before, with results turning out…not so well.

Last December the city decided it was time to get these call boxed back on the map, and dialed in a little makeover.

The Bloomberg administration developed a design contest, with the idea of replacing the city’s 11,000 payphones that stem from a contract created in 1999 which will expire and renew in 2014.

We called, and the Sage and Coombe Architects firm answered. With over 120 entries, 11 semi finalists, then narrowed to 6, finally, the people chose Sage and Coombe as their favorite design.

“The idea was to make public architecture that was flexible and modern,” the owner of “Sage” Jennifer Sage said.

The new payphone design will look like a giant smart phone with a collection of apps. Sage says it will be able to evolve to meet the technology of the moment.