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Terme di Chianciano | Membrane | Italy


General information
Location address Parco Fucoli, Chianciano Terme
Location country Italy
Name of the client/building owner Terme di Chianciano
Function of building Multipurpose halls
Type of application of the membrane covering
Primary function of the tensile structure Rain protection
Sun protection
Thermal insulation
Wind protection
Degree of enclosure Fully enclosed structure
Climatic zone Mediterranean - mild winters, dry hot summers
Number of layers double-layer
Short description of the project The multi-purpose building has the objective to cover a wide space to grant shade and breeze in summertime allowing the un-obstructive view of the surrounding park, yet a closed building acoustically isolated to be utilized for concerts and/or sport events.A double layer membrane tensile structure was utilized so as to grant aeration as it is the case of a traditionally ventilated roof built with conservative materials. By utilizing a two layer polyester/pvc textile, with dissimilar mechanical specifications and transparency degree, the project minimizes fuel consumption to produce heat in wintertime (closed building + closed air inner space), takes care of the problem to keep the building cool in summertime (open space and removal or folding of the closing perimeter cushions) and reduces solar overheating (the hair funnelled through grates fitted at the base of the building and polycarbonate windows placed on top of the Flying masts).
The final result is that of a light structure which though fitted with a double layer cover, does not prevent clearness and in fact emphasizes it thanks to luminous spots placed at the foot of the flying masts. It is dry assembled thanks to the wise association among the various materials: wood and steel for the primary structures, textile membranes for the cover, pressurized textile cushions for vertical walls, transparent polycarbonate for the roof windows.
Misc. project details
Duration of use
Temporary or permanent structure Permanent
Design lifespan in years 11-20
Material of the cover
Cable-net/Textile/Hybrid/Foil Fabric
Material Fabric/Foil PVC - coated polyester fabric
Main dimensions and form
Covered surface (m2) 1242
Involved companies
Architects Studio Paolo Bodega
Engineers form TL ingenieure für tragwerk und leichtbau gmbh
Contractors Canobbio S.p.A
Suppliers Canobbio
Editor Stefania Lombardi
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