BANNER TU/e - EINDHOVEN
On the site of the Technical University of Eindhoven, 3 new banners are placed. Because of their more permanent function the client wanted a more appealing design and not a temporary-looking standard steel frame.
Several designs were made and architecturally, structurally and financially compared. In the end the design of Ralph Brodruck, of the TU/e was chosen. A PVC membrane is stretched in the four corner points. There are two steel masts placed at an angle, each stressing a top corner of the membrane. The two lower corners are stresses directly to the ground. Because the 2 top connections on the masts are not in line with the two lower connections, the membrane is stabilized in an anticlastic shape.
The membrane had to be able to show a rectangular image of minimum w x h = 2700x3900mm and be located about 2700mm above ground level. For this the minimum needed length of the masts was ca. 8 meters. They are encasted at the foot on a concrete foundation which ensures the overall stability and balanced the prestress force.
The three banners are constructed end of September 2011.
structural design and engineering from design to execution phase
client: Dienst Huisvesting TU/e
architect: Ralph Brodruck
contractor: D-sign Reclame