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Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid using Saertex materials

News International-French

27 Sep 2017

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 offer increased protection against fire.

Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid using Saertex materials
The “Pavilion of Inspirations” is part of the newly built Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid, which was opened at 48, Monte Esquinza Street 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 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.

The overall surface of the roof is subdivided into ten three-meter 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 specialists for composite components, Carbures Civil Works Spain, and it employs fiber-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 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.