People: architect, Miralles Associates, Altadena, Calif.; structural engineer, Huntington Design Associates, Oakland, Calif.; general contractor and builder, AWI Builders, Los Angeles
Products: Ronstan Tensile Architecture in Melbourne, Australia, manufactured the termination hardware that braces the artistic tension membrane structure, complementing its reflective white fabric with the beauty of stainless steel.
Fine Points: As part of the Long Beach Transit Mall, the new Transit Center brings a modern, refined elegance to its surroundings. The sweeping fabric tension membrane overhead is curved to emulate the waves of the nearby Pacific Ocean and provides shading for the structure. It is suspended by sleek cabling affixed with compact adjusters and stainless steel wires.