New York, NY
Project Name: Para-Sol
Project Size: 355 SF
Project Features: Rooftop Shading Structure and Outdoor Lounge
Architecture: ODA – Architecture, P.C.
Interior Design ODA – Architecture, P.C.
The ParaSol is a rooftop shading structure that produces a constant shadow by tracing the sun's rays. Through advanced technology, ODA calculated and predicted the solar exposure for the site while taking into consideration all the contextual parameters of the surrounding buildings. The ParaSol form emerges through a process of sculptural optimization where 90 models (each one producing an ideal shadow for a different day) were tested to form a hybrid prototype. This outcome creates a high performance shading structure in a singular, spectacular object, shaping the identity for the rooftop while improving its micro-climate.
The ParaSol works in conjunction with an operable glass box. The skeletal shade creates a framework where vegetation may thrive. During summer, lush foliage shades the space. During winter the performance is reversed; as vegetation dies, the sun rays penetrate to warm the enclosed lounge space beneath. The incorporation of solar units allows for the collection of energy throughout the year making the ParaSol completely energy-efficient.