The architects have created a large canopy reminiscent of the canopies used to shade archaeological excavations.
It covers the main courtyard and consists of a cable net supporting a glass fibre fabric laminated with PTFE. The canopy allows light to filter through and provides shade at the same time.
In its centre, a ring-shaped opening allows rainwater from the roof to flow into a basin located in the courtyard below.
An optimized, harmonious system was developed in cooperation with the architects in the course of the design process. The central seams in the membrane now divide the areas between the radial supporting cables.
The structural details have been reduced to a minimum. For example every single cable node is individually designed. This means no further adjustment construction parts are necessary.
detailed design structural analysis,
workshop design cables + nodes, membrane, primary steel
Verification of the intermediate constructions states and construction support parts
Moshe Safdie and Associates
Fatzer AG, Romanshorn
Type B 18656 (Verseidag)
Glass fibre fabric in black,