The designers of the world’s largest indoor theme park, Ferrari World, had a vision for the inside space: to represent the air intake system of the Ferrari engine through the use of fabric ‘fins’ along existing internal walls.
Like snowflakes, no two fins were to be the same and they were to be installed creating an undulating effect throughout the 86,000m2 space.
Lighting was crucial to the project. The fins had to ‘change colours’ and be translucent enough for light to pass through. They also had to be installed within a very tight budget without compromising on quality.
Fabric Architecture was commissioned to design, engineer, manufacture and supply 2,063 bespoke tensile wall mounted facade ‘fins’ using an innovative system pioneered for Dublin airport called ArchiClad.
The fins were mounted to every internal facade and varied in size from 5m to over 20m. The fin design was completely unique and each one was different.
They were constructed from extruded, formed and painted aluminium, and clad in a tensioned silicone-coated glass fabric. Over 100km of extruded aluminium, 50km of extruded plastic and 45,000m2 of fabric was used in their manufacture.
- Fins make flat internal walls look architecturally interesting.
- Easy to maintain faceted fins hide unsightly building utilities.
- Light transmission of 40% allows for colour changing with LEDs and video to transmit through.
- Acoustic benefits.
- Uniform sleek finish follows curvature of all internal buildings – consistent look throughout.
- Silicone-coated glass fabric, when installed indoors will last beyond the structure of the building.
- Ferrari World has the prestige of having ‘The Largest Internal Tensile Installation in the World’.