Zaha Hadid Architects have constructed a temporary construction shelter to protect pedestrians in the event of any falling construction materials, adjacent residential building 520 West 28th Street in Manhattan.
The practice describes its 112-feet-long pedestrian tunnel as a “sculptural installation”, and have even given it a title: Allongé, which is French for “elongated”.
Made of silver metallic fabric supported by a curvilinear steel frame, the installation will be on view during august 2015 for a limited period of time.
The design “acts as an extrusion of the spatial ideas inherent in Hadid’s architecture, where form follows not only function but is also drawn along by the narrative of movement through space,” explains the press release.
“I’ve always been fascinated by the High Line and its possibilities for the city. Decades ago, I used to visit the galleries in the area and consider how to build along the route. It’s very exciting to be building there now,” said Zaha Hadid.
“Our collaboration with Ms. Hadid has been exceptional and we are thrilled to unveil this new installation, designed to beautify the necessary overhead protection system,” said Greg Gushee, Executive Vice President of 520 West 28th Street’s developer Related Companies.