Architectural Structures

Strong Museum, Rochester New York

Free-Form Roofs

Architect: Chaintreuil Jensen Stark
Materials: Galvanized steel tube, Anodized aluminum cladding

Design Challenges:

  • 1. Roof shape with unbalanced snow loading
  • 2. Geometrical demands for cladding system
  • 3. Unrestrained cantilevered column support

It is now apparent that museums with intriguing geometry attract greater public interest and, more importantly, better attendance. This expansion elevates the Strong Children's Museum to the status of second largest in the USA.

The whimsical architecture reflects the museums mission of exploring play to encourage learning, creativity & discovery.

Triodetic's novel roof can be interpreted as a 3-storey high, meandering caterpillar whose dramatic focal point at Chestnut St. is a 70ft high, non-symmetrical glass "eye". A second soaring free-form roof is also designed for construction over the bus terminal at the Museum street entrance.

The striking building design in conjunction with the interactive exhibits are anticipated to double museum attendance within the next 2 years.

Glass Walls

Triodetic framing allows vertical, inclined or curved glass walls to span further and/or withstand high wind pressures. Tube framing with the Triodetic joint is economical & fast to construct in any profile desired and any project location. Triodetic contracts pre-approved local glazing suppliers & installers & oversees installation.