Architectural Record takes a look at the history of the building in which Queens Museum resides.
Suzanne Stephen’s article is entitled “The World of Tomorrow Today: A long-span-steel structure cloaked in modern-classical-style architecture has proved to be flexible for reinvention.”
‘World’s Fair’ instantly summons the iconic image of the stainless steel spherical earth. The famous Unisphere is located just outside Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, New York and is the only remaining structure in use from the international fair.
In 2014, Queens Museum underwent a major renovation led by Architectural firms Grimshaw, and Ammann & Whitney which included a spiral glass staircase, supported by a structure that mimics the Unisphere’s inverted tripod base. The stairs guide the museum visitors up to the mezzanine’s glass bridge where they can observe the real sculpture that was built in 1964.
The stair treads, landings and bridges all consist of low iron, 4-layer, laminated, acid-etched walkable traction-glass. Our technical knowledge, skills and ability to produce large multi-ply laminates and 2 ¼” thick high polish landed us the fabrication project. As a one-stop, full service glass supplier, with state of the art materials (including SentryGlass Walker Traction), we achieved unprecedented precision, accuracy and efficiencies through 3D measurements (vs traditional wooden templates).
Whether ascending the staircase to take in a bit of history, or watching the light dance from curtain wall to glass fins to galleries, each step is reminiscent of the aspirational energy and hopeful emotion that the World’s Fair embodied.
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