ENOC Service Station of the Future CFRP Canopy

Structural Designer

Premier Composite Technologies

Client Name

ENOC

Location

Dubai

ARCHITECT
Aedas

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR
Premier Composite Technologies

SPECIALIST SUPPLIER OF CFRP FILAMENT WOUND TUBES
C-Con 

SPECIALIST SUPPLIER OF LED LIGHTING
3S Lighting

SPECIALIST SUPPLIER OF ETFE PANELS
Vectorfoil

SPECIALIST SUPPLIER OF PV PANELS
Sunovation


 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

A slender canopy with a thin branching support structure inspired by the Ghaf, the national tree of the UAE. Engineers and architects collborated to use carbon fibre to form light and stiff structures. This material allowed the design to enable efficient fabrication and installation.
 

Submitted in 2021

Judge's comment:

This visually impactful slender carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) canopy was designed to showcase modern technology whilst drawing inspiration from the natural environment.

By reducing the imposed dead loads and seismic loads, the lightweight, stiff canopy enabled the use of very slender tree branch supports. The moulded canopy shells also allow for integration of functional and aesthetic lighting and photovoltaic panels mounted and optimised for electricity generation. 

An innovative assembly of the tree elements was carried out upside down using an assembly jig. Due to the high level of pre-assembly and accuracy of the parts, the installation on site was efficient and there was no site waste generated.

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