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Sport centre at the King Abdul Aziz University | 1981 | Cable-net | Saudi arabia


General information
Location address Jeddah
Location country Saudi arabia
Year of construction 1981
Name of the client/building owner King Abdul Aziz University
Function of building Sport
Primary function of the tensile structure Space defining elements
Sun protection
Degree of enclosure Fully enclosed structure
Climatic zone Arid - dry and hot all year
Short description of the project Although it stands over 27 metres high and covers an area exceeding 9,500m2, the sports hall at Jeddah's King Abdul Aziz University is unmistakably Arabian in architectural concept. Designed by Professor Frei Otto and the Stuttgart architectural practice of Buro Gutbrod, with engineering design by Buro Happold, the structure is a vast and beautiful tension structure which despite its scale, is strongly reminiscent of the traditional Bedouin tent form.
Misc. project details
General comments, links Period of construction: 5/1976 - 1/1981
References Bauen + Wohnen 1/1981
Mimar 4/1982
Sports Center, King Abdul Aziz University -
Duration of use
Temporary or permanent structure Permanent
Design lifespan in years 06-10
Material of the cover
Cable-net/Textile/Hybrid/Foil Fabric
Material Fabric/Foil Polyester
Material coating PVC
Main dimensions and form
Covered surface (m2) 7500
Form of a single element Anticlastic
Involved companies
Engineers Buro Happold
Editor Marijke Mollaert
Order TensiNet Publications


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