Kalev Savi and his Save the Worldport group have been advocating for only the rotunda section with its signature umbrella roof
to be saved, while they concur the rest of the terminal can be torn down to meet expansion needs.
No contemporary depictions of it are known, but we have a description: 'Each side of this spacious room was groined and supported by fasces, ornamented with flowers: from these arose an elegant umbrella roof
, terminating in a ventilator, decorated with large gilt cords, and painted to imitate white muslin.'
Yeang has explored the notion of the umbrella roof
, which he suggests is the ideal analogy for a roof in the tropics, being operable and directional to screen wind, sun and rain.
The tank fabrication company's design engineers carefully studied the situation and recommended a self-supporting umbrella roof
with external framing, even providing preliminary cost estimates.
This ornamental character to Rogers' work - a blatantly visual pleasure in design - is evident both in the sleekness of the courtroom silos and the plethora of structural elements which hold the umbrella roof