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Staten Island Esplanade in New York | 1996 | Membrane | United States


General information
Location address New York
Location country United States
Year of construction 1996
Function of building Public spaces
Climatic zone Temperate - cold winters and mild summers
Short description of the project As part of a programme to revitalize the old harbour areas of the city, a canopy structure has been erected over the landing stage of the Staten Island ferry. Since the base ramp could support only small point loads and no horizontal or bending loads, the canopies were linked in groups of four in a framed, vaulted construction. The stainless-steel network branching from the stems of the individual "trees" is enclosed at the top by a square frame. The membrane spanned within this network is clamped at the top between metal plates and held at the bottom by an eye fixing. At night, the canopies are illuminated from within; but it is sculptural effect of the structure that is accentuated rather than the membrane construction.

[Detail 6/2000, Membrane Construction, p 994]
Misc. project details
References Staten Is;land Esplanade in New York -
Duration of use
Temporary or permanent structure Temporary
Convertible or mobile Convertible
Design lifespan in years 00-05
Material of the cover
Cable-net/Textile/Hybrid/Foil Cable
Material Fabric/Foil Polyester
Material coating PVC
Main dimensions and form
Covered surface (m2) 75
Total length (m) 2.5
Total width (m) 2.5
Involved companies
Architects FTL Happold
Editor Marijke Mollaert
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