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The roof of the newly constructed ‘Pavilion of Inspirations’ at the headquarters of the Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid, Spain, was built using Saertex LEO materials which offer fire protection.
The pavilion and its 172 m2 roof were designed by Lord Norman Foster, David Delgado, Raúl Gómez and Jorge López. The roof takes the form of an airplane wing. It 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 3 m 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 Carbures Civil Works Spain, and it employs fibre reinforced composite sandwich panels made of Saertex LEO. The structural fibreglass laminates manufactured using the vacuum infusion process are said to be impervious to UV radiation and are resistant to fire in accordance with European standard DIN EN 13501.
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