Municipal Asphalt Plant

New York City, United States

Municipal Asphalt Plant

The Municipal Asphalt Plant is a historic building on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. Originally an asphalt plant, the structure was built between 1941 and 1944 and since 1984 has been home to Asphalt Green, a pool and fitness center.

The building was made in a style that fit the residential character of the surrounding neighborhood, while also being industrial. The interior of the plant was designed first, and the exterior of the building was designed based on the internal structure. The exterior was designed with four arched ribs, constructed with reinforced concrete. The arch reduced unused space, stresses, and the need for extraneous reinforced steel. It uses reinforced concrete, a cheaper alternative that had been experimented with in Europe, but not used to any great effect.

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