Marching along a 350ft (106.7m) median, West 8's red-coated steel structure stretches its arms with vegetated steel cables, marking its presence within San Juan's busy Roosevelt Avenue. While this "Palio de Bougainvilleas" is intended to largely appear as an iconic "ecological logo" that responds to street conditions and cultural context, its structural morphology is also particularly suited for the local meteorological conditions.
the crisscrossing tensioned cables, upon which the vines climb, form a mesh incrementally twisted by a series of trellis armatures. this configuration of cables creates
Palio de Bougainvilleas, Avenida Roosevelt, San Juan, Puerto Rico a twisted hyperbolic surface that provides the superior stability required to withstand hurricane-force winds.
Additionally, by providing shade the trellis is responsive to both San Juan's hot summer climate and the region's frequent tropical storms. In conjunction with its meteorological performance the hyperbolic surface provides supplemental visual effects. Viewed at vehicular speeds, the twisting armatures gel into an anthropomorphic animation of waving arms and undulating vectors. Additionally, the seemingly random mesh of cables enhances the filigree of vine shadows cast on the ground.
■ 1 section, plan, and elevation: a twisted hyperbolic configuration of cables provides the superior stability required to withstand hurricane-force winds.
■ 1 Sections of pergola structure with planters. 2 Viewed from the roadway, the twisting armatures gel into an anthropomorphic animation of waving arms and undulating vectors.
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