Bancopolis
Bancopolis
Bancopolis
Bancopolis

Bancopolis

Architect
Client
Year
Location
Material
Glass, Steel
Application
Roof

The stainless steel tensegrity structure determines the overall image of this extraordinary and highly transparent circular glass roof, 31 meters in diameter and with a structural height of 3 meters. The layout is clear as a bicycle wheel: an outer ring that is permanently pre-stressed and an inner ring that is subject to tension and functions as a hub. In between 36 compression studs and stainless steel tensile rods are spanned, without stabilizers for wind. To obtain stiffness the upper and lower tension bars of the tension trusses are pre-stressed. The curvature and design of the roof is a direct result of the optimal shape of the trusses and the distribution of forces in the structure.
The roof is covered with structural and frameless glazing of which the stainless steel glass nodes are specially designed for this project. A 3,5 meters wide glass dome forms the crown of the roof. This glass dome includes 9 tempered hot-bent glass panels.
The project has opened the eyes of the client for lightweight tender steel structures.

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Spain, Madrid