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Temporary Workshop and Exhibition Building | | Membrane | Germany


General information
Location address Freiburg
Location country Germany
Function of building Exhibition
Climatic zone Temperate - cold winters and mild summers
Short description of the project Designed as a temporary centre for exhibitions, lectures and other events on the theme of architecture, this tent structure has the iconic form of an archetypal house, with sharp arises and smooth planar surfaces. As such, it is also emblematic of the occasion for which it was built. The structure stands on a platform constructed from formwork panels which also form the internal floor finish. The central space, used as a forum for discussion, is enclosed by a two-layer outer skin. The 2,5-meter-wide peripheral zone between the skins accomodates sxhibitions, refreshment facilities and technical installations.
The structure was built with a system of newly developed scaffolding elements laid out to a 2,57 x 2,57 m grid. After dismantling the tent, the components can again used for scaffolding work. Special elements such as the eaves, ridge and roof supports were installed with simple socketed connections. Deadmen anchor the structure in the ground against wind uplift.
The fabric used for thr outer skin - impregnated and vapor-coated with a thin aluminium film - is made by the same company as that used to wrap the Reichstag building in Berlin. It is fixed to timber studs specially connected to the scaffolding framework . The inner skin consists of the same fabric, but here it is point-fixed to the structure by means of pipe clips. The folds it creates internally form an aesthetic contrast to the smooth, taut external skin.

[Detail 8/1998, Mobile Structures, p 1435]
Misc. project details
References Architectural Tent in Freiburg - DETAIL 1998/8
Duration of use
Temporary or permanent structure Permanent
Convertible or mobile Convertible and mobile
Design lifespan in years 00-05
Material of the cover
Cable-net/Textile/Hybrid/Foil Foil
Main dimensions and form
Covered surface (m2) 336
Total length (m) 16
Total width (m) 21
Involved companies
Architects GJL Architects
Editor Marijke Mollaert
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