The Brooklyn Children’s Museum, New York City’s first ever LEED certified museum, just keeps getting better. The institution is expanding its space, and they recently unveiled plans for a new transparent rooftop canopy, made out of a heat-resistant ETFE skin covered in a dot matrix fused glass material designed by Toshiko Mori Architect. The canopy is made to resemble the dappled light shining through the trees, and it will be used as a rooftop space for lectures, concerts, and other summer events.
The curved canopy forms a perfect structure spanning 75 feet, made up of fours arched points that meet at the center. From an aerial view, the canopy almost looks like a transparent tropical leaf surrounded by yellow. The canopy is composed of tubes six inches in diameter, light enough to sit on the roof without requiring reinforcement. The four corners of the canopy form small seating areas around circular storage structures, almost like huge pins holding down a web. The bins house round yellow foam cushions, used for seating under the canopy. The bathrooms and a theater will also be renovated.
The lemon yellow colored, LEED Silver certified museum stands out in the mostly brownstone filled Crown Heights neighborhood. Composed of 8.1 million vibrant yellow tiles, designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects, the museum also stands out for its impressive green features. It is as one of the few structures in NYC that uses geothermal wells for energy, and it was built with recycled and sustainable materials.
images © Toshiko Mori Architect