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General information

  • Home page
  • Location address
    Turkmenbashi, Turkmenistan
  • Location country
  • Name of the client/building owner
    Polimeks Inc.
  • Function of building
  • Degree of enclosure
    Open structure
  • Climatic zone
    Tropical - hot and wet all year
  • Number of layers
  • Type of application of the membrane
  • Primary function of the tensile structure
    • Sun protection


Ipek Yolu (Silk Road) Rally, with a total racetrack of 4.500km from Russia to Turkmenistan, is one of the FIA (International Automotive Federation) approved activities. The finish line to host the competitors been set in the territory of Turkmenistan. The Turkmenistan authorities and the contractor Polimeks Inc. specified a monumental welcoming structure to honour the competitors. Architect Tolga Cetin and his team designed a huge covering system of 1.875m2 remarkable from long distances in the large steppes of the region. With 10 high points and monumental lines, the structure appeared as the symbol of this sport event. The designing, manufacturing and erection phases have be completed in a very short time of 15 days to reach the activity date.
The structure itself was so impressive that after the completion of the rally, the authorities decided to move the artefact to different location for prestigious events.

Structured with 10 poles to form conical shapes, the coverings highest point is 14m and span-width 27m. Due to the stretch forming of the corners by steel ropes, the total weight of steel has been extremely minimized.

Description of the environmental conditions

Material of the cover

  • Cable-net/Fabric/Hybrid/Foil
  • Material Fabric/Foil
    Mehler Haku Valmex FR 1000

Main dimensions and form

  • Covered surface (m2)

Duration of use

  • Temporary or permanent structure
  • Convertible or mobile
  • Design lifespan in years