THE CHALLENGE – DISGUISE AN UNATTRACTIVE, UNCOVERED LOADING DOCK
Improving the appearance of a highly visible, but seriously unsightly, loading dock at the rear of a downtown convention center isn’t an easy task for any architect. Bartle Hall‘s loading dock was visible from both the street and from overhead viewpoints, including surrounding hotels, condominiums and offices. As described by nearby residents, office workers and visitors, this site was ‘an eyesore’.
THE SOLUTION – A GRIDDED LIGHTWEIGHT STRUCTURE AND SHADE SAILS
Rather than simply box in the loading dock, the architect chose to employ a modern industrial aesthetic to create a stylish backend for the convention center. A gridded structural configuration is highlighted with an ‘egg crate’ effect that’s defined by 43 shade sails made from Ferrari Soltis outdoor fabric. The sails, which have a surface area of 24,000 square feet, disguise the loading dock, provide shade and contribute a reflective surface that illuminates the space after dark. The gridded structure and sails are complemented by a sculpted abstract sheet metal facade – the finishing touch to a highly dramatic and unique PVC tensile structure.
PVC TENSILE STRUCTURE
COMPLETED IN 2008
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
2,229M2 / 24,000FT2
PVC MESH - FERRARI SOLTIS 92
ARCHITECT Crawford Architects / Kansas City Convention and Entertainment Facilities
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