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INTEL RESEARCH CENTER
Blackout 1002 T2
Intel Corporation, the world leader in chips and computer processors commissioned Dünn to design, fabricate and install a fabric ceiling for its New Technologies Centre in Zapopan, Jalisco.
All works were performed by US safety standards. All cantilevers on the building were very large and did not resist the loads of its own structural elements. Similarly the structure´s secondary cladding elements were to heavy; problem that was solved by using strong but lightweight fabric elements to clad the ceiling.
Cover all cantilever sections of the building with a light but strong material allowing the interior of the building to maintain a comfortable temperature regardless climate change.
Dünn proposed the blackout Ferrari membrane to prevent light from passing through the material. This was done with a pre-analysis of the membranes reactions, thus convincing the client of the structural results. Normally the membranes aren’t used for this type of structure because when envisioning a membrane one imagines only very organic forms. For this case Dünn chose a completely flat membrane that works solely as a tension based structure in order to keep from having any overhead lines running neither up nor down, and also removing any kind of deflection.
Dünn covered overhangs through the front of the building close to 2500 m2 of membrane and applied panels from 9 until 16 meters. The construction made the consortium of Mexican construction with American construction Contorner Magnus, one of the largest structures in the world. Working with Contorner represented a challenge that already demanded very strict security guidelines considering its “American style”. The training procedures and evaluations of Dunn’s staff for this project were done in part by Osha and Harvard, who obtained the platinum certification in elevated assembly. Finally the personnel of the project acquired new skills and techniques for elevated work, which included how to control the new machinery.
Using the membranes as a new architectural element has never been used or conceptualized; as never before has anyone used a membrane to make this type of covering, which spans from 16 meters and overhangs between 16 and 18 meters.
Using flexible membranes under high-tension, we accomplished an appearance similar to rigid aluminum. Its durability is now doubled and UV exposure was reduced to less than that of any cover. Intel Corp has recognized the added value provided by Dunn is such an representative piece of architecture.
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