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General information

  • Location address
    School of Architecture of the UPM, Madrid
  • Location country
  • Function of building
  • Degree of enclosure
    Open structure
  • 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

  • Type (code)
    Ferrari SOLTIS 86

Main dimensions and form

Duration of use

  • Temporary or permanent structure
  • Convertible or mobile
    Convertible and mobile

Involved companies