LERA was the structural engineer for the renovation of two floors of the former Guggenheim – SoHo museum into an upscale retail establishment. A key feature of this ground-breaking project includes large, flexible open space that doubles as event space for special programs and cultural events.
LERA devised an innovative bracing system using composite cast-iron steel and concrete columns cantilevering off of the existing 1890’s brick foundation pier to help create the open space. By scooping out the ground floor and opening it up to the basement level, the foundation level was jacked-up to the ground level. This work included removing some columns. LERA designed a new glass elevator and a feature stair that serves as seating for the performance space. LERA also designed bracing systems to support floating display cases.
Prada USA Corp.
Office of Metropolitan Architecture
in Association with Architecture Research Office
Award of Merit, 2002
New York Construction News