For those heading north on the New York State Thruway, the Yonkers Raceway emerging on the right is just another part of the landscape. But Studio V Architects is about to change all that with their massive porte-cochère that serves as the iconic tour de force for the $45 million expansion of the Empire City Casino. The curved lattice canopy will be clad in ETFE foil—a polymer membrane often used for roofing—that will reflect LED lights resting atop the steel frame.
Behind the canopy, a four-story, 300-foot-long glass wall will serve as a clear backdrop to the canopy, mimicking its curve, while allowing visitors to see the action inside. “The sculptural steel and foil shell grow out of the landscape,” explained Studio V founder and principal Jay Valgora. That landscape will eventually get the Ken Smith treatment. AN took a trip up to Yonkers to check out the construction and all seems on track for opening this fall. We’ll keep you updated on its progress and more from Studio V.
The 400-foot long glass wall serves as backdrop to the porte-cochere. (AN/Stoeker) Workers bring the final cantilever to within an eighth of an inch placement. (Stoelker/AN) The lattice frame looking north. (Studio V) Ceiling treatments inside the casino are already installed. (Stoelker/AN) Looking west with the curved glass wall serving as backdrop (AN/Stoelker). A rendering of the finished product. (Studio V) A rendering of the casino interior.