Here is an elevation drawing (in progress) of the fifth and final shrine on Herald Square in front of Macy’s flagship store. For the design, I’ve looked at two main precedents, one is http://dinnerinthesky.com/lounge/ . This site is interesting as the programme is similar to what I am proposing, and I found the site has useful information on the dimensions of the lounge/marriage/showbiz pods, although the design is quite mechanical. The second is Tomas Saraceno’s installation, http://www.pulpcollectors.com/tomas-saraceno-on-space-time-foam/ . I like the photographs of people walking around in the inflatable (aiming to have some views like this for the shrines). I’ve decided that the last shrine should be a reincarnated Snoopy cut up to pieces (some forming the main tensile fabric structure and the others used as inflatable lounge pods), all having an in-line valve that constantly has helium pumped through it, allowing the overall structure to be very light and the number of steel masts supporting the tensile fabric could be cut down to a minimum (smaller in size/thinner as well).
A cross section detail image of the inflatable pod in progress:
A cross section detail of the steel masts structure on ground level:
A view out a window in Macy’s:
All details will be annotated, for the moment I just wanted to show the progress images. I still can’t believe this is the last time I’m posting about this project (having very contradictory yay and nay feelings about it)!