Supertall Exhibit Opens at the Skyscraper Museum

The Skyscraper Museum in Battery Park City in New York City has opened a new exhibition called Supertall! It opened July 27 and runs through January 2012.

The exhibit is a survey of skyscrapers worldwide featuring projects that have been completed since 2001, are under construction, or are expected to top out by 2016. Museum officials point out that this recent generation of giant buildings generally has 100 stories or more and represents a new paradigm of slender mixed-use towers that explore innovative approaches in structural engineering, curtainwall and construction technologies, energy efficiency and sustainability, and ideas of vertical communities.

Organized geographically, the installation includes architectural and engineering models, renderings, animations and construction photographs, and films. The survey is introduced with a 30-foot mural, History of Height, which presents a timeline that explores the technological, architectural and engineering themes of vertical construction, defining and constraining height, as well as the development of the skyscraper from its late 19th century origins through the evolution of the various structural systems used today.

A special expanded section of the installation is devoted to the original World Trade Center, which the museum calls the culminating supertall project of the 29th century, and to the construction at Ground Zero with its two supertalls: Tower 1 and 2.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the museum is presenting a series of programs including panel discussions and gallery tours. Details on these are available through the museum’s website.