• Detail
  • Palma de Mallorca sea front. The 5th floors ar roof terraces.
  • Bulevar Mediterráneo scattered supports.
  • Elevation and plan
  • Section
  • The awnings are hung from the floor slab
  • The awnings are hung from the floor slab
  • Structural connection
  • The horizontal frame includes an arch pushing the fabric downwards
  • The horizontal frame includes an arch pushing the fabric downwards
  • The modules follow their own rhythm
  • The modules follow their own rhythm
  • Wings framing the view

General information

  • Location address
    Palma de Mallorca
  • Location country
  • Name of the client/building owner
    Bulevar Mediterráneo
  • Function of building
    Restaurants & bars
  • Degree of enclosure
    Open structure
  • Climatic zone
    Mediterranean - mild winters, dry hot summers
  • Number of layers
  • Type of application of the membrane
  • Primary function of the tensile structure
    • Sun protection


The sea front of Palma de Mallorca is bordered by a row of high buildings. Some of them are equipped with roof terraces on the 5th level, looking over the bay. In these cases, a protection is needed from the sun and from the neighbours living upstairs, because they are against noisy café bar terraces and throw out cigarettes, litter and all sorts of waste.

Description of the environmental conditions

In the “Bulevar Mediterráneo” there is a bar on the intermediate roof terrace. The installation of awnings involved special difficulties because it was not taken into account in the design of the layout of the building. The supports are not aligned and their distances are not regular. Moreover, the damp-proofed floor and the scattered chimneys considerably complicate the placing of vertical elements.

The solution adopted in this case is a series of modules following their own rhythm and independent of the structural supports. They are hung from the ceiling above the roof terrace through U and circular hollow steel sections anchored to the concrete slab. Interferences with the floor and chimneys are thus avoided.

To obtain anticlastic surfaces, a horizontal frame including an arch was designed. As the arch goes downwards, the result is an alignment of white seagulls opening their wings to the view.

Material of the cover

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

Main dimensions and form

  • Covered surface (m2)
  • Maximum height (m)
  • Total length (m)
  • Total width (m)
  • Form single element
  • Form entire structure

Duration of use

  • Temporary or permanent structure
  • Design lifespan in years

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