General information

  • Location address
    Hannover
  • Location country
    Germany
  • Year of construction
    2000
  • Function of building
    Exhibition
  • Degree of enclosure
  • Climatic zone
    Temperate - cold winters and mild summers
  • Type of application of the membrane

Description

The islandic Pavilion consists of a cube-shaped steel structure enveloped by a plastic membrane. The outside surfaces compromising a double-layer of plastic sheeting - the inner layer blue and translucent, the outer one transparent - are continously covered by a flowing film of water, giving the pavilion the appearance of a cube-shaped waterfall. The cascading water is collected in a circular basin surrounding the building, from where it is pumped to the roof again. To enter the pavilion, visitors walk over a bridge through the waterfall. A pool of water is located in the middle of the pavilion, and a film showing icelandic nature scenes is projected on it. The most spectacular attration at the exhibition is an artificial geyser that propels a column of water from the surface of the pool to a height of 35 meters, far above the level of the rooftop. A section of the roof measuring two meters in diameter opens at each eruption, allowing the jet of water to pass through. A spiral ramp suspended from the ceiling winds upward around the pavilion exhibition center. It provides access to the building and serves at the same time as a space for spectators.

Description of the environmental conditions

General comments, links

Iceland

Material of the cover

  • Cable-net/Textile/Hybrid/Foil
    Membrane

Main dimensions and form

  • Covered surface (m2)
    1300

Duration of use

  • Temporary or permanent structure
    Permanent
  • Convertible or mobile
    Convertible
  • Design lifespan in years
    00-05

Involved companies

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