Client: Mall of America
Location: Bloomington, MN, United States
Completion date: 2015
Mall of America
A 4-layer 12,000 lb. exterior glass star is a striking 3 dimensional representation of the new updated Mall of America iconic star logo. The 3/4” thick laminated colored glass sections all match the MOA brand standards and include white LED lighting. Built of a stainless steel frame with hidden access panels in the 1” thick stainless steel legs, it is anchored to a concrete slab base and stands over 16 feet high and 16 feet wide.
The goal was to create a dynamic sculptural feature of the client's newly revamped star logo, as the focus of the new VIP entrance to the 75,000 square foot high-end retail expansion.
Initially Mall of America desired a folded stainless steel ribbon look but later, revised it to colored glass. Eventscape designed several concepts for the fabrication of the glass star; with 2, 3 or 4 layer options. Once the decision was made to go with the 4 layer glass star, colors were chosen for the glass to match Mall of America brand standards and a series of samples were created for approval. To obtain the best color match for their brand standards, Eventscape used two layers of a 10 mm clear low iron tempered glass, laminated together with an interlayer of custom colors and secured in a stainless steel shoe. These shoes then fastened to the interior structure and secured with custom stainless steel standoffs. A stainless steel fascia finished the front and back faces.
The interior structure of the star was fabricated using an high-grade brushed 316L stainless steel. To ensure the correct geometry for the star, a full one-to-one size plywood mockup was built.To access the lights and electrical connections an access panel was designed with no visible hardware. Since the majority of the hardware was visible, each piece had a beautiful clean profile and finish.
As the site is in the northern states, the star also incorporates sensor activated heat trace cables to melt any snow or ice immediately.