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BARTLE HALL CONVENTION CENTER


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. The 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.



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PVC TENSILE STRUCTURE

COMPLETED IN 2008

LOCATION
Kansas City, Missouri, USA

FABRIC AREA
2,229M2 / 24,000FT2

FABRIC TYPE
PVC MESH - FERRARI SOLTIS 92

ARCHITECT Crawford Architects / Kansas City Convention and Entertainment Facilities

An exhibition hall that enhances the neighborhood

LOCATIONS

Americas

APPLICATIONS

Building Envelope , Civic , Facades , Hospitality & Dining

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