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15th September 2017, Saerbeck

Pavilion roof built using Saertex Leo materials

The world-famous group of architects Foster + Partners, headed by Lord Norman Foster, has rebuilt the headquarters of its Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid. The roof of the newly constructed Pavilion of Inspirations was built using Saertex Leo materials, which are designed to offer increased protection against fire.

The new building breaks up the asymmetric geometry of the external area by shaping the roof like the wing of an airplane. The roof is carried on a concealed steel structure which protrudes over a structural glass façade with no apparent support, giving the impression that the roof is hovering.

Carbures builds roof of the Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid using Saertex Leo materials. © Saertex

The overall surface of the roof is subdivided into ten three-metre parallel panels which taper to a narrower end. The benefits of this structure lie primarily in weight savings compared to other materials, and in the various design options that it offers.

The unique design was executed by the Spanish specialist for composite components, Carbures Civil Works Spain, and it employs fibre-reinforced composite sandwich panels made of Saertex Leo. The structural fiberglass laminates manufactured using the vacuum infusion process are impervious to ultraviolet radiation, thanks to the use of the Saertex Leo material system, and are particularly resistant to fire in accordance with European standard DIN EN 13501, the manufacturer says.

The pavilion is part of the newly built Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid, which was opened in June 2017. The pavilion and its 172m2 roof were designed by Lord Norman Foster, David Delgado, Raúl Gómez, and Jorge López, and the roof takes the form of an airplane wing with a lightweight structure.

The pavilion houses a comprehensive collection of items, models, photographs, and sculptures from the world of art, architecture, and design. The exhibits also encompass a range of Lord Foster’s defining inspirations, which include aircraft, cars, and railroads.

The family-owned company Saertex, is a market leader for manufacturing multiaxial non-crimp fabrics and core materials for the production of fibre-reinforced composites. The company has customers in the wind, aerospace, automotive, sports and boat building industries. For the shipbuilding, transport, oil & gas and construction industries Saertex offers specific support services for the conversion of steel components into composites.

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