Four enormous fans constitute the recognizable signature of the plaza. In addition to providing the plaza with a comfortable, shaded microclimate, the fans conceal the broad stairways down to the more informal and intimate spaces of the plaza, situated below ground level. The soft lines of the fans stand in marked contrast to the jagged, crystalline expression of the surrounding skyscrapers. The large, domed steel structures, the materiality of the fans, and the vigorous vegetation all contribute to the distinguished atmosphere on the plaza. As the hub of the international finance center, the Financial Plaza is a manifestation of the high architectural quality which characterizes the new district as a whole.