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Spiral shaped carousel opens in New York's Battery Park

by Sophie Cullen on Jul 24, 2015 in Architecture
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Last month saw the launch of the Sea Glass Carousel at The Battery Conservancy in New York

Designed by WXY Architecture + Urban Designthe spiral shaped structure is a permanent addition to Battery Park in Manhattan, featuring a nautilus shell and 30 grand, luminescent fish. This 21st century carousel seeks to recall The Battery’s history as the home of the first New York Aquarium that opened in 1896.

SeaGlass Carousel Exterior - Paul Warchol

The circular form reaches 35 metres in height and is made up of 24 structures of steel framing, stainless steel roofing and monolithic glass. The sustainable design allows air circulation and heat transfer via natural ventilation. Unlike most carousels, there in no centre post, allowing a completely unobstructed view of the entire space. All the mechanisms that drive the ride are located underneath the floor as the turntable rotates 360 degrees. 18 hydraulic up-and-down motions simulate the experience of fish swimming in the sea.

SeaGlass Carousel - Sara Cedar Miller lo-res

The fish figures themselves were created by George Tsypin Opera Factory and are made from fibreglass and steel. Visitors sit within the figures, rather than atop them, with a range of fibreoptic lighting glowing from within each one.  Running through the day and into the evening, the ride and its subsequent light and sound show is a whimsical new addition to the park.

SeaGlass Carousel Interior - Paul Warchol

 

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