Moynihan Train Hall Skylights
schlaich bergermann partner
Moynihan Station Development Corporation
New York, USA
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)
BUILDING STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
Images: © 1 - SOM, 2&3 - Knight ESD
The creation of a world-class transit gateway for New York City. The new lightweight skylights rest minimally on the building on its three historic steel trusses. Optimised gridshell design creates an inviting visitor experience. The depth of the steel members decrease toward the middle of the shells to also increase the sense of lightness.
Submitted in 2021
A historic New York transit gateway has celebrated and transformed by a monumental series of four gridshell skylights and the addition of an expertly executed glass roof.
The skylights had to be transparent enough to increase the amount of natural light, but also lightweight enough to be supported by the existing structure. The final design scheme ensured the preservation of the support structure for the existing roof over the main concourse, a triangularly shaped, riveted truss. The characteristic appearance of the truss allowed the design team to build a visual bridge between the historic building fabric and the modern construction techniques used.
An admirable project that creates a unifying language between two atria.