THE CHALLENGE – TRANSFORM A UTILITARIAN FACTORY ENTRANCE INTO AN IMAGINATIVE ENTRY TO LEARNING
This building once housed a food processing business, so a key challenge was to create a new entrance that felt like it belonged to a contemporary place of learning. The architect wanted to trigger the children’s imagination and remove the rawness of the concrete structure. Practical design development challenges included interfacing a new structural system into an existing building.
THE SOLUTION – A SOARING CANOPY THAT’S REACHING FOR THE STARS
Structurflex was brought into the project to bring the architect’s vision to life. With the incorporation of innovative elements – such as stainless steel cables and rigging, integrated gutter system and dynamic lighting features – we successfully collaborated with the design and building team to develop a system that satisfied structural and architectural requirements. The final product, a coated-PES tensile structure, implies creativity and playfulness that transitions students from the urban streetscape to the stimulation of a vibrant learning center.
PVC TENSILE STRUCTURE
COMPLETED IN 2008
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
PVC - FERRARI 1002 T2
ARCHITECT Space Architects / Imagine Spring School
Inspiring entrance for vibrant learning center
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