Pavilion of Inspiration with Composite Materials

November 13 2017

World-famous British architect Norman Foster chose Carbures to construct a glass and steel pavilion in the courtyard of the new Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid, Spain. Foster’s international research center is housed in a historic building that has been restored and expanded. The construction has involved many experts within the field of composite materials.

The pavilion consists of 172 m2 panels made of glass fiber reinforced polymer, divided into ten units of three meters. The panels were made using Divinycell P60, P100 and PX150, materials which, apart from being lighter than most traditional building materials, are fire and ultraviolet rays proof. In addition, the anticorrosive properties require a minimum of maintenance.

With the use of grooves and perforations in the composite materials, the infusion process went smoothly. The so-called GPC1 attribute has been developed to make the infusion process reliable, fast and robust on flat or slightly curved surfaces, while imprints on the surface are minimized. Through superior materials and composite expertise, the Pavilion of Inspiration is a true work of architechtural art.

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