University buildings Turin: membrane canopy for the roof planned by formTL engineers

• August 19, 2013

Campus Luigi Einaudi10 600x400 University buildings Turin: membrane canopy for the roof planned by formTL engineers

courtesy Michele D’Ottavio

Campus Luigi Einaudi12 600x400 University buildings Turin: membrane canopy for the roof planned by formTL engineers

courtesy Michele D’Ottavio

The esteemed university of Turin has been gradually modernising its architecture. This has involved moving all the university faculties to a new campus which is to be completed with a building complex designed by the architects Foster + Partners, London. The buildings are aligned as a triangle with a circular open area.

The large extent eye-catching feature of the whole ensemble is an impressive cantilevered membrane roof which gives the appearance of floating above the structure. Due to an unusual shape of the roof and the different curves it entails necessitated sophisticated engineering and confection of the membrane roof. formTL was responsible for the entire engineering of the membrane cladding including its design, the complex interaction with the steel structure and authority approvals, execution and workshop drawings.

Membrane surface area: 16,710 m²

Dimensions
Rise of arches up to approx. 12.60 m
Length approx. 270 m
Width approx. 140 m

Materials
PTFE-coated glass fabric:
St.Gobain Sheerfill I approx. 4,400 m²
St.Gobain Sheerfill II approx. 12,310 m²

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Category: Architecture, Education

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