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Airport Salzburg

built 1994
architect M. Rhomberg, Salzburg
static membrane IF, Reichenau
covered area 5.000 sqm
material PES/PVC
Textile structure for the square outside the Salzburg Airport

A completely new outward was given to the textile structure of the Salzburg Airport in the course of extension and conversion work on the infrastructure for individual traffic. The most important design criteria were sweeping ease, width and lightness in order to architecturally imitate the floating and weightless character of flying as well as of its element, the air.

The textile structure consist of silver grey steel elements and white membrane surfaces, to break up the severe and functional airport architecture.

Four buildings complement each other forming one unit and create sheltered passages between all parts of the buildings.

The largest textile structure with its roof covered a surface of 2.900 sqm, which is the entire area of the bus entrance, the bus terminal, and adjoins directly the central airport building. A complex steel construction forms the supporting construction for the bow membranes and its design reminds one of a light and elegant aircraft wing.

A second roof construction of this textile structure with three single elements connects the spacious covering of the bus area with the car park. These roofs also include the central architectural idea of flying and gliding. Like a suspended ray or the wings of a big bird, the roof elements stretch over the connecting corridors.

Three overlapping sails are tensioned at the stairwell building and represent for the airport area an eye-catching object visible from a far distance. With its tops looming into the sky, the sails appear like rockets and thus complete the central design idea of flying.

Also here showed CENO the advantages with this Textile structure, how geometry and architectural design features can be used and integrated.