The large fans function as an aesthetic feature as well as a
shading element. The white arches are made up of a steed elements,
which are custom made from a digital 3D model, transported to the
site and welded together.
A secondary structure of tension rods is fixed to the arches and
to the edge of the stairs. The structure stretches beyond the arch
and creates an independent fan shaped element. Between these
tension rods a white fabric is spanned in elements, thus creating a
spatial structure, which will filter the daylight and create
different patterns as one passes by.
The fabric selected for the shading element is made from 100%
woven high strength expanded PTFE fibers, the 'woven' family of
Gore Tenara Architectural Fabrics, combines exceptional textile
aesthetic qualities, unlimited flex-life, complete immunity to UV
sunlight, and exceptional flame properties.
Woven Gore Tenara Architectural Fabrics enable the design to
achieve complex shapes that have strict flammability requirements,
as well as provide a true 'textile' look for exterior shade
The surface has a treatment, which makes it self-cleaning. It is
a well-tested material also in the Saudi climate, with a guaranteed
long life span.