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General information

  • Location address
    Ephesus, Turkey
  • Location country
    Turkey
  • Year of construction
    2000
  • Function of building
    Historical buildings & monuments
  • Degree of enclosure
    Fully enclosed structure
  • Climatic zone
    Mediterranean - mild winters, dry hot summers
  • Type of application of the membrane
    covering
  • Primary function of the tensile structure
    • Rain protection
    • Sun protection

Description

The buildings at the archeological site of Ephesus constitute a unique example of Roman urban housing. Wolfdietrich Ziesel, an Austrian engineer, designed a solution to conserve the fragile historic fragments in a way that rendered them accessible to specialists and visitors. A steel structure supports a modular membrane roof. The canopy is divided in a grid of 25m x 11m bays. In each bay the thin membrane is tautly held between triangular steel trusses by a network of bracing cables and compression bars. The PTFE coated glass fibre fabric is delicately translucent. The low weight of the overall roof structure (25kg/m2) reduces the number of supporting columns. [C. Slessor, "Housing history - Wolfdietrich Ziesel's enclosure for archaeological remains at Ephesus elegantly reconciles historic conservation with accessibilityfor visitors", ARCHIT REV, 208(1245), 2000, pp. 40-41]

Description of the environmental conditions

Fresh air circulates through the building's slatted sides and rises through openings in the roof, naturally ventilating the interior and creating a comfortable climate for the visitors. [C. Slessor, "Housing history - Wolfdietrich Ziesel's enclosure for archaeological remains at Ephesus elegantly reconciles historic conservation with accessibilityfor visitors", ARCHIT REV, 208(1245), 2000, pp. 40-41]

Material of the cover

  • Cable-net/Fabric/Hybrid/Foil
    Fabric
  • Material Fabric/Foil
    Glass
  • Material coating
    PTFE

Main dimensions and form

  • Form single element
    Anticlastic
  • Form entire structure
    Flat appearance

Duration of use

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