Erlanger Children’s Canopy
DESIGNER: Branch Technology
LOCATION: Erlanger Children’s Hospital, Chattanooga, TN
COLLABORATORS: Rock City Gardens, Elemi Architects, BEMA A/E, McCarthy Construction, Range Projects
The Erlanger Children’s Canopy is an imaginative environment for visiting children. Floral forms emerge to create a playful canopy for children awaiting their appointments. Designed by Branch Technology, the team developed a simple hexagonal grid with repeatable modules that could materialize into an organic structure. The project consists of 90 printed parts combining to form 15 like modules and 2 common edges. This carefully crafted modularization strategy creates endless design configurations and reduces project costs due to repeatability. The modules join much like a canopy of trees in a dense forest providing both dappled light and ample shade.
This children’s play terrace canopy leverages Branch Technology’s patented C-FabTM (Cellular Fabrication) technology by creating a light-weight translucent-filled canopy. The canopy is supported by minimal steel columns that maximize the space below, provide a meandering path for children, and support amenities like a wooden xylophone and wind chimes. With a bright pallet of ombre colors, the project is tailored to a child’s spirited imagination. Strong visuals, sound, texture and movement intersect to awaken a child’s senses and encourage a delight in the world around them.