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Wednesday30 July 2014

Fabric Architecture build barrel-vaulted pavilion in US

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Canopy of structure reaches 10m in height

Fabric Architecture has designed and built a barrel-vaulted pavilion for the riverfront of Owensboro, a city on the Ohio River in the US.

The tensile fabric structure stretches over a heavy steel framework to make a vast canopy that provides a performance shelter for the town.

The canopy soars 10m above the edge of the river. Fabric Architecture engineers had to re-work part of the river wall in order to the support the five steel masts that hold the cantilevered structure. It is integrated atop a stage area and offers a free-span sheltered space for summer performances and activities.

The pavillion was envisioned as part of the riverfront redevelopment and was designed to compliment the bridge that crosses the river in the background. It is integrated atop a stage area and adds shelter for summer performances and activities.

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  • Whatever else this might be, it certainly isn't 'barrel vaulted' in any recognisable use of the term.

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  • The individual panels form barrel vaults.

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  • I think the writer meant fan vaulting, which this resembles in a Gaudiesque way.

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  • It is closer to a fan vault, or a squinch, not a barrel vault, trust a stone mason.

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