Cloud City, a temporary rooftop installation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, is the result of an 18-month collaboration between artist Tomás Saraceno and Arup.
Originally asked to provide structural engineering, we came to deliver broader multidisciplinary services as the project evolved, including: advising on various planning issues; working with Saraceno to develop options to meet budgetary and operational requirements; analysing fabrication and installation options; and helping tailor the final design for fabrication.
The resulting structure uses a series of simple, standardized, repeating components to create a highly complex form. Each component is made from bent plates and nodes joined by bolting and minimal welding.
The work will enter owner Christian Keesee's private collection after being exhibited at the Met.