Design, fabrication and hoisting of the "sails" at the School of Architecture UPC
School of Architecture of the UPM, Madrid
Function of building
Degree of enclosure
Number of layers
Primary function of the tensile structure
- Space defining elements
Students participate in the design and calculation of the sails and proceed to cut the patterns. These are welded in a specialized shop and the tailored sail is brought to the school where students help to raise it. So far two extra sails have been placed with a colour sequence that seeks to complete the rainbow ones.
The second sail, red, is an asymmetrical and inverted cone-shaped one. It is hanged and tightened from its four corners, and has an internal floating mast that helps to produce and maintain the conical shape. The mast is braced at its upper end from the four corners, allowing the formation of the inverted cone.
The third sail, orange, is shaped as a linear conoide with an intermediate arch downward. It's hanging and tightened also from its four corners, and has an intermediate cross brace that keeps the arch in place.
The three sails are executed with mesh fabric type SOLTIS 86 donated by FERRARI.
Description of the environmental conditions
Material of the cover
Ferrari SOLTIS 86
Main dimensions and form
Duration of use
Temporary or permanent structure
Convertible or mobile
Convertible and mobile