Owensboro, Ohio, USA

Smothers Park

September 2011

DESCRIPTION

Custom Designed Tensile Canopy
The City of Owensboro in Kentucky, USA, has been redeveloping its Riverfront area over the past 10 years, with the intention of making it a local cultural hub for tourism. An eye-catching and custom-designed tensile canopy landmark was commissioned with Fabric Architecture.

The Challenge

At the end of the walkway to the river is a key viewpoint, featuring a landmark fan-shaped tensile canopy structure. Integrated atop a stage area, this dynamic fabric structure was also designed as a performance shelter.

The Solution

Working in conjunction with the project architect, the design was finalised as a barrel vault tensile canopy measuring 52’ x 28. This custom canopy soars 33 feet above the edge of the river. Five steel masts support the cantilevered structure which offers free-span space for summer concerts and activities. The nautical canopy is now considered one of the highlights of the river front redevelopment.

PROJECT SPECIFICATION

Client

Fabric Type

Architect

Contractor

The City of Owensboro

Type 2 PVC

EDSA

The City of Owensboro

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