Bus Terminal

Aarau (CH) 2012/2013

A steel table and a large cushion wrapped by an arbitrary net of steel cables do not only form a bus terminal but a functional art piece in the urban space. A borderless pattern of bubbles has been printed on the blue upper and the transparent lower ETFE-foil. The world’s largest inflated cushion has been built very airtight and energy efficient.

Data

formTL
structural design, workshop design steel, foil and cables, quality control and site control

architect
vehovar & jauslin, Zürich

general design contractor
and concrete structure

suisseplan Ingenieure AG Aarau

light design
Atelier Derrer

wind tunnel
Wacker Ingenieure

print design
Stefan Jauslin + Paolo Monaco

realisation
Arge Foliendach RUCH AG (CH) + Vector Foiltec

printing
Reisewitz

air support
Elnic

cables + nodes
Top-Line

photos
Niklaus Spoerri

 

 

Integrated building services:
All pipes for roof drainage and air are invisibly integrated, as well as wiring and control and feedback systems into the steel structure. Hence, the roof is clean and at the same time visually complex and readable: Bottommost are the bus lane and the pillars, followed by the cable network and the clear membrane. Behind these are the table structure, the upper blue skin, and finally the upper wire ropes.

length/width/height
41/39/9 m

covered
1.070 m²

air capacity
1.810 m³

awards
Teampreis  Award für Marketing und Architektur 2014
Finalist  A+Award 2014
Gewinner Icon Award 2014
Gewinner WAN Award 2014

published
DBZ 12/2013
Stahlbaunachrichten 4/2013
Fassade Facade 2/2014
Ingenieurkunst 2015