Civic Space Shade Canopies Model

Civic Space Shade Canopies

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    • The creation of a new public civic space in Downtown Phoenix offered an exciting opportunity to give the city a new civic identity, but would require extensive shading to make the site hospitable. The concept for the shade canopies was derived from the undulating topography of the park: understanding the ground as a single, warped surface. The intent was to create a parallel, overhead plane which would unify one's experience of the site. By placing the structural frame above the shading elements, a plane of metal conduit is able to read as a smooth, continuous underbelly, legible from beneath. Photovoltaic panels placed on top of the structure provide further shade, and enhance the layered quality of the shadows cast below, which form an intricate and continuously changing pattern throughout the day.

      Please click on this link to view Shade Canopies on the Architectural Record Image Gallery

    • In collaboration with EDAW

      Architekton Studio Team
      Nicklaus Astrauskas
      Thomas Hartman
      John Kane
      Jens Kolb
      Sophia Meger
      Tom Reilly
      Eric Vollmer
      Glen Wollenhaupt

    • Project Team
      Owner: City of Phoenix
      Client & Landscape: EDAW
      Structural: Rudow + Berry
      Electrical: Wright Engineering
      Lighting: RC Lurie/Darryl Gregg
      Civil: Wood/Patel
      Photovoltaics: Perfect Power
      CMAR: Foresite Construction
      Photographer: Winquist Photography, Architekton, Michael T. Masengarb–Architekton, Eric Vollmer–Architekton
    • Awards                                                                                                 2010 AIA Arizona Citation Award
      2009 McGraw-Hill Construction Best of the Best National Urban Design Award
      2009 Southwest Contractor Best Urban Design Award
      2009 Valley Forward Environmental Excellence Crescordia Award

      Publications                                                                                               January 2011, GB&D, "Adapt + Evolve"
      2010, a+t architecture publishers: Density Series, Landscape, Urbanism, Strategies

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