Architect(s): Marc fornes  / Theverymany

Location: El Paso, Texas

Year: 2018

Marquise is a spatial entry structure for El Paso’s Westside Natatorium. A visual icon and architectural threshold, the lightweight aluminum structure transforms the approach and experience of this new public building.

Gridded curvilinear panels comprise the brightly-colored canopy and as well its self-supporting structural system.

A two-way Cheshire gradient in deep blues and warm yellows alternate graphically to emphasize the sweeping surfaces.

Seemingly inflated by the wind, as a tent or sail, the ultra-thin surface billows up from the ground, where it forms two contiguous seats: cast in place concrete elements that inherit the compound curvature of the faceted but flowing surface.

Cite: “Marquise / theverymany19 Oct 2021. Theverymany. Accessed 19 Oct 2021.<> 

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