Denver International Airport Fabric Roof
The fabric roof of this project has a length of 1000 ft. (305 m) and an average width of 240 ft. (73m). While some of the earlier fabric structures are much larger, this is the most significant application. It is a fully enclosed building of great public importance with a continuous 24 hour use.
Two rows of columns, spaced 150 ft.(46 m) apart, form the interior supports. Triangular clerestory windows and huge glass endwalls, also cable supported, surround the space in a configuration not unlike the medieval cathedrals. The fabric sweeps over the glass enclosures to connect to its exterior anchorages and shade and protect the building.
A continuous inner fabric liner, independently supported, provides insulation, sound control, and protection against condensation. Separate exterior canopies on both ramps extend the full 1000 ft. of the building. Together with the main roof and the cable supported glass walls this building shows the most extensive application of tensile architecture.
Cost of tensile structures: $ 35 million.
Completion: May 1994.
Owner: City of Denver
Architect: C.W. Fentress J.H.Bradburn and Associates, Denver
Roof Design Consultant and Structural Engineer for the Tensile Structures: Horst Berger as Principal Consultan
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