Crowning Achievementby David Bodamer, Contributing Editor;
Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1999, Vol. 69, Issue 8, Pg. 54-57
Document Type: Feature article
The $800 million Sony Center built in Potsdamer Platz in Berlin is divided into seven structures which are all literally brought together under one roof. The fabric and glass roof, which sits above a 4,000 m² forum, looks like a scalloped shell. The roof is held up by cables suspending between a king post and a ring beam using the same principle that supports a bicycle wheel. Glass and fabric strips alternate to give the roof a 50 percent transparency level. The roof's shape was derived from a shallow hyperbolic cone that designers cut a diagonal section through. The main axis is off center and tilted 8 degrees, giving the roof an elliptical shape.
Subject Headings: Roofs | Cables | Fabrics | Glass | Professional societies | Bicycles | Conical bodies | Beams | Germany | Europe | Berlin
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