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Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona
Name of the client/building owner
Group Nou, S.A.L.
Function of building
Office buildings & congress centres
- Degree of enclosure
Mediterranean - mild winters, dry hot summers
Type of application of the membrane
A top model agency located in the centre of Barcelona wanted to cover its terrace with a non permanent tensile pavilion that could be used for presentations and as an extension to the office.
A modern version of the Bedouin tents of northern Africa was proposed: Jaimatec, “Jaima” being the Spanish word for black tent. The design reinterprets the beautiful dune-like support structure of these tents.
Measuring 16m x 7m, the membrane covers three 4,5m x 4,5m modules that constitute a closed interior space. There is one arch on top of each module, twisted at an angle of 45º, and each has a different form and height. This seeks to create a singular perspective from the footbridge that links the office to the terrace.
The two entrances to the pavilion follow the same oblique angle and incorporate a small adaptable arch on top in order to avoid a water sack. The whole metal structure was welded on shop and bolted on site. It can also easily be dismounted.
Special attention has been given to climatical issues: the chosen membrane is opaque and extends more than 1m on all four sides of the interior space, thus avoiding direct sunlight entering through the roof and reducing the amount entering through the vertical glass panels.
Thanks to its asymmetric design, the pavilion offers a constantly changing appearance, and despite its reduced dimensions we are dealing with an object of high complexity.
Description of the environmental conditions
Material of the cover
Main dimensions and form
Covered surface (m2)
Total length (m)
Total width (m)
Duration of use
Temporary or permanent structure
Convertible or mobile