The “Textilakademie NRW” was founded in 2018 as an educational institution for the textile and clothing industry. The subjects taught within the building are clearly reflected by its exterior and visible from afar.
The textile curtain-wall facing/façade on the three-storey building gives it a draped, fabric-like appearance. The building is also impressive in the dark because the semi-transparent membrane reveals the interesting building structure with its illuminated irregularly positioned and different format windows.
The textile façade is designed as a pre-stressed membrane-cable structure (ridge/valley cables). The cables, spanned linearly along the façade, determine the shape and are load bearing elements.
Both cables and membrane are mounted on a steel support structure consisting of horizontal steel arches which are anchored to the building itself. In the lower section, mounting is directly on the (foundation) base plate or ceiling of the underground car park.
workshop design cables and membrane
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Lamparter GmbH & Co. KG
Koch Membranen GmbH
Pfeifer Seil- und Hebetechnik GmbH
surface of the textile façade
ca. 2.100 m²
stainless steel cables (spiral rope 1×37)
Verseidag B18909 GFM 4000-42 silver