Pier 17 is a massive 300,000 square foot building at the waterfront along the East River in New York City. Encompassing retail, entertainment, architectural features and seasonal attractions, the area is intended to further the transformation of the Seaport district into a true destination.
The new cocktail bar, R17, is located on the building’s rooftop and offers patrons an elegant 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.
Uni-Systems LLC, a leader in the design, engineering, manufacture and installation of large-scale kinetic architectural systems, developed two independently-operable En-Fold retractable canopy system units over the conjoined two-tier terrace—one unit closer to the city side with 869 square feet of coverage, and the other unit closer to the river with 1,274 square feet of coverage.
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 decor. The fabric permits 40 percent light transmission — suitable for focusing on tabletop activities while still blocking more than 85 percent of ambient UV rays.
The total plan area covered by the En-Fold system was 2,143 square feet, and the project was completed in June 2019.