En-Fold Provides All-Weather Solution at New Pier 17 Restaurant
Niche cocktail bar and hangout protected with dynamic canopy system
By: Uni-Systems, LLC
The new cocktail bar, R17, is located on the building's rooftop and it offers patrons an elegant, locally-oriented hangout with dramatic views of downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. To ensure its all-weather use, modular construction firm, Nussli, sourced, selected, and installed an En-Fold® retractable canopy.
"The En-Fold system was the only retractable awning able to satisfy two important requirements:
Uni-Systems, LLC, the globally-recognized leader in the design, engineering, manufacture, and installation of large-scale kinetic architectural systems, developed two independently-
Both En-Fold units utilize highly engineered ePTFE fabric panels with 25+ years of life expectancy tensioned between fabric beams painted with RAL 9010 Pure White to match the décor. The fabric permits 40% light transmission — suitable for focusing on tabletop activities while still blocking more than 85% of ambient UV rays.
"Everyone was very pleased with the final look and feel of the system," Smith says. "When fully extended, it is super taut and has an attractive, sleek quality, which enhances the space."
The total plan area covered by the En-Fold system was 2,143 square feet, and the project was completed in June 2019.
For more information about En-Fold systems, visit: www.en-fold.com.
Uni-Systems is recognized as the leading designer and advocate of kinetic architecture, creating transformative, mechanized structures that change with climate, need or purpose. Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, Uni-Systems earned its reputation as a world-class leader in motion technology by profitably completing more than 120 projects for the military, aircraft, and entertainment industries over the last fifty years. For more information, visit: www.uni-systems.com
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