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"Gadget" - an artwork by Olaf Nicolai | Membrane | Germany

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General information
Location address Berlin
Location country Germany
Function of building Airports
Degree of enclosure Fully enclosed structure
Climatic zone Temperate - cold winters and mild summers
Number of layers mono-layer
Short description of the project The artist Olaf Nicolai created a sculpture called Gadget for the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport – an oversized luminous pearl necklace draped around one of the glass air bridges. This necklace consists of 67 pearls, each with a diameter of 1.50m.

In order to meet the stringent fire protection requirements and weight limitations for the illuminated balls, the architects Schimmelpfennig / Mittig had the idea of using a fabric out of incombustible fiberglass for the shells. As a specialist consultant, 3dtex was commissioned with the development of an appropriate design concept. With the idea of the “twisted pearls” we developed an exceptionally simple design that could fulfil all technical requirements, while our design for the individual pearls was enthusiastically accepted by the artist.
The connection and tensioning mechanisms are arranged in a specially designed aluminium extruded profile and completely covered to achieve the desired minimalist design.
Misc. project details
Duration of use
Material of the cover
Cable-net/Textile/Hybrid/Foil Fabric
Type (code) Interglas Atex 3000 TRL
Material Fabric/Foil Fiberglass
Material coating silicon
Weight (g/m2) 595
Main dimensions and form
Involved companies
Architects Schimmelpfennig / Mittig
Engineers IB Zapf
Contractors 3dtex GmbH
Editor
Editor Stev Bringmann
 
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