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General information

  • Home page
    www.mehler-texnologies.com
  • Location address
    Huelva, Andalusia, Spain
  • Location country
    Spain
  • Year of construction
    2009
  • Function of building
    Public spaces
  • Degree of enclosure
    Open structure
  • Climatic zone
    Mediterranean - mild winters, dry hot summers
  • Type of application of the membrane
    covering
  • Primary function of the tensile structure
    • Sun protection

Description

The first open-air commercial centre La Factoria is situated in the region of Huelva, Spain. During spring and summer temperatures exceed 40°C and solar radiation hits directly and very intensively. The demand was to find and realize a possibility of protecting the 8 streets of the commercial centre from the sun and give shadow to its visitors during their stay.
On demand Carpatec designed, produced and installed a total of 64 paraboloids of 9.80m x 4.80m between the buildings of the centre and with a height of 9m, thus protecting the 8 streets and the front sides of more than 200 shops. For the design the software programme Rhino Membrane was used, for the calculation of loads and form finding Forten 3000 was applied. Tensioning ropes and fittings are of stainless steel 316. The membrane is Mehler Valmex FR 700 MEHATOP F – Type I. The welding was made at high frequency. Production and installation were made within only 21 days from receipt of order, thus assuring that the project was ready on the inauguration day of the centre in summer 2009.

Material of the cover

  • Cable-net/Fabric/Hybrid/Foil
    Fabric
  • Material Fabric/Foil
    Valmex FR 700 MEHATOP F - Type I
  • Weight (g/m2)
    700

Main dimensions and form

  • Covered surface (m2)
    3100

Duration of use

  • Temporary or permanent structure
    Permanent

Involved companies

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