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Project Description

The Conference Center of Badajoz, designed by architects José Selgas and Lucia Cano and built in 2006, is an outstanding example of an elegant public building integrated into a consolidated urban area. The main building has a circular layout and is surrounded by an external façade – like a big fence- made of GFRP profiles.

Design/Construction Approach

Apart from the excellent mechanical and physical properties of GFRP profiles (high durability, high specific strength and low weight) the architects also wanted to use a translucent material. This structure is a helix of 75 m in diameter with a maximum height of 14 m. More than 12 km of GFRP pultruded translucent profiles were used to build it. These profiles have an external elliptic cross-section and define the helix, which is supported by very slender vertical galvanized steel columns of only 117 mm in diameter. A big challenge was obtaining the desired cross-section of the profiles. The pultrusion manufacturing process produces straight profiles, and bending them gives rise to significant stresses and warping. The elliptic cross-section was thus obtained by joining three profiles with a smaller stiffness.

Client
JOCA-PLACONSA JV
Location
Badajoz (Spain)
Key Elements
Translucent Profiles, High Durability, Slender Columns
Services
Detailed Design
Erection and Construction Engineering
Façade of the Badajoz Conference Center Using GFRP Profiles
Façade of the Badajoz Conference Center Using GFRP Profiles
Façade of the Badajoz Conference Center Using GFRP Profiles
Façade of the Badajoz Conference Center Using GFRP Profiles
Façade of the Badajoz Conference Center Using GFRP Profiles
Façade of the Badajoz Conference Center Using GFRP Profiles

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