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Latticed Public Architecture

Redesigned Queens Museum of Art Boasts Web-Like Structure

— February 23, 2009 — Art & Design
Redesign is quite an interesting process for an architect; redesigning an actual arts museum, though, must be a true challenge. This was the project of 3rd year architecture student Elliot White, who undertook the redevelopment of Queens Museum of Art in Queens, New York, producing an eye-catching form worthy of the building’s artistic essence.

Inspired by a mere cloth, the smooth conceptual design employs an innovative construction process. It will be built using a lattice structure, with a super-sized plastic bag inflated on the inside for support until the concrete laid on the bag’s layer is rigid.

This practice will offer ample interior openings which will be complemented with transparent glass walls, granting a lucid sense of space to the delighted guest. Moreover, as the design will be raised off the ground, a wide public area will be created underneath, with the potential to organize events when the museum is closed.

The imposing structure resembles a futuristic slick habitation and radiates a feeling of movement. The webby framework, daunting even from its humble design beginnings, is sure to capture the thoughts and imagination of the amazed visitors when realized.
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