Tryon Bridge Beacons: Public Art in Charlotte

Tryon Bridge, Charlotte Beacons, North Carolina Public Art, Architect, Design

Tryon Bridge Beacons, North Carolina

Public Art in Charlotte, NC, USA- design by Friedrich St.Florian Architects

Feb 22, 2012

Tryon Bridge Beacons Charlotte

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

Design: Friedrich St.Florian Architects

Typology: Public Art

Tryon Bridge Beacons in Charlotte:
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pictures : Jeff Claire

Design Description Responsibility of the Architect Program / Purpose

The Tryon Street Bridge is an important point of entry into uptown Charlotte. There is a sense of theatrical splendor that radiates from the assembly of high rise buildings seen from the bridge. The view appears as a stage set while crossing this key threshold. This new set of portals is a framing device that offers focus and compression not unlike the opening of the curtain upon the first act of a lyric opera.

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pictures : Julie Mazella

Symbolic curtains celebrate this moment of arrival. Protective canopies and support towers complement the floating curtains. The canopies recall portals and entrances, forms that we associate with points of arrival.

Special Constraints

Structure meets international building code along with all other code and zoning regulations written for building construction.

Site Description

Built on the east bank of North Carolina owned right-of- way for I-277 at the intersection of South Tryon Street.

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pictures : Tim DeCoster

Client Type

Commissioned by a group of philanthropists committed to the beautification of the City of Charlotte.

Unique Elements

Luminous “curtains” made of solid cast acrylic are lit from above and below by light emitting diodes. Glass bead-blasted stainless steel which acts as a reflector is attached to an inner support structure.

Construction Budget

Withheld at Owner’s request.

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pictures : Tim DeCoster

Tryon Bridge Beacons – Building Information

PROJECT NAME: Tryon Bridge Beacons
PROJECT LOCATION: Charlotte, North Carolina
FIRM’S NAME: Friedrich St.Florian Architects, 146 Westminster Street Providence, RI 02903
Friedrich St.Florian, FAIA Principal Architect
Tim DeCoster, Assoc. AIA Senior Associate/ Project Architect

CONSTRUCTION:
Acrylic by Reynolds Polymer
Steel fabrication by Anson Machine Works, Peachland, NC
Installation and site work by PMP&E, Peachland, NC

CONSULTANTS:
Odeh Engineers, North Providence, RI
LandDesign, Charlotte, NC

PHOTOS: Julie Mazella, Jeff Claire, Tim DeCoster (FSFA)

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image : Friedrich St.Florian Architects

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