New York City's Fulton Center Has a Kaleidoscopic Dome

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Nov 12, 2014
References: grimshaw-architects & gizmag
The renovated Fulton Center transit hub in Lower Manhattan, designed by Grimshaw Architects, aims to modernize the facility. While most underground stations tend to be dark and miserable-looking, Fulton Center is actually bathed in natural light thanks to the presence of a special kaleidoscopic skylight that functions as both an artistic and functional architectural element.

The central section of Fulton Center is a massive atrium that features the huge skylight, which is 16 meters in diameter. The skylight is situated 37 meters above the atrium floor at the pinnacle of a cone-shaped dome.

The dome itself is lined with a massive net structure consisting of 112 tensioned cables, 224 high-strength rods and nearly 10,000 stainless steel parts.

The structure is dubbed 'Sky Reflector-Net' and is designed to reflect light into the depths of the atrium.