Sustainable Skin Defines Space and Harvests Rainwater
By August 6th, 2009Thursday, August 6, 2009 0:52 on
FTL Design Engineering Studio have developed a single sustainable skin to define space, washed with day lighting and harvesting rain water. the new Rosa Parks Transit Center which will include a roof canopy to offer outdoor waiting areas, a passenger terminal and a drop off area to play a pivotal role in providing alternative means of public transport to the greater Detroit area.
The project brief was simple: a permanent roof structure that can withstand the harshness of climate and is easier to maintain and can be built in a tight budget.
FTL developed a design approach that uses flowing canopies to create an active visual space and naturally day light space which challenges the conventional notion of roof where the membrane both hovers 50ft above ground, and in other areas brought to ground and to act as a giant water collector.
To create rhythm, the proposed scheme was broken down into seven repetitive bays, each approximately 110′ long and 50 ft wide. Each bay is comprised of two trusses, an A frame and fabric which is pulled down, transforming the roof into a wall and encompassing a courtyard.
Original Source: ArchDaily
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