entrance swing door
entrance swing door
Renowned architect Lord Foster collaborating with Franz Reifer
Norman Foster working on details of the Foster Pavilion
prefabrication by hand to millimetre precision
glass bead-blasted, mirror polished stainless steel profile
facade elements had to be lifted over a three-storey building
all facade elements had to be precisely threaded through a 2.5 m wide gap between houses
Swing door with a weight of 3 tons and a size of 5.6 m x 2.8 m
FRENER & REIFER installation in  Madrid
160 m² glass facade
nine large-format, five-layer laminated glass panes with dimensions of up to approx. 7 m x 3 m
profiles with 8 mm visible edges
FRENER & REIFER millimetre precision façade
Mirror-polished stainless steel profiles inserted into the window joints
Foster Pavilion
Foster Pavilion
Foster Pavilion
Foster Pavilion
Foster Pavilion
Foster Pavilion
Foster Pavilion
Foster Pavilion

Foster Pavilion

Location

Madrid Spain

Architect

Foster + Partners

Data

FRENER & REIFER Installation Phase:
5 weeks

FRENER & REIFER Execution Period:
10.2016 – 05.2017
FRENER & REIFER was responsible for the complete design engineering, fabrication and installation of the load-bearing building envelope in glass, including the oversized swing door.

Project description

The courtyard of an old palace in Madrid is the setting for the Foster Pavilion, a space where objects and audio visual materials will be displayed. The almost transparent new building fits seamlessly into its century-old surroundings. The glass facade of the Pavilion, which serves as structure to hold up the roof, consists of nine large, supporting windows. The entrance swing door has an elegant, light appearance, despite its 5.6 x 2.8 m dimensions and 3 t weight.

Scope of work

FRENER & REIFER Design Engineering, Fabrication and Installation:
  • 160 m² glass facade formed of nine large-format, five-layer laminated glass panes with dimensions of up to approx. 7 m x 3 m
  • Swing door with a weight of 3 tons and a size of 5.6 m x 2.8 m with a glass bead-blasted, mirror-polished stainless steel profile with 8 mm visible edges
  • Pivot door with mirror-polished ring-shaped handle created by Norman Foster

Innovations / Challenges

  • Extremely tight timeframe from design to fabrication and installation.
  • Technically sophisticated new development of a filigree, stainless steel profile with concealed support structure for the swing door.
  • Mirror-polished stainless steel profiles inserted into the window joints to enhance the visual apperance.
  • Difficult installation situation: all facade elements had to be lifted over a three-storey building and then precisely threaded through a 2.5 m wide gap between houses to the constrained access city centre site before being installed.
  • Millimetre precision installation of the swing door.
 
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