location nogaro restaurant, avenida peru, viña del mar, chile
team pol taylor
data 16m long x 9 m wide x 5m high
materials 90m2 commercial 95 shade sail, 4 kg steel, dyneema rope
narrative>> the newly renovated nogaro restaurant of the casino in viña del mar required solar protection for its roof terrace, but did not have a sufficient budget for a full tension membrane with its associated structure. we developed a shadesail solution whose low loading allowed the use of existing perimeter pillars, and we improvised two highpoints from the existing palm trees, applying sling nooses that generate a max. load of 2kn which was easily absorbed by the tree. the topology of the surface is a section of a torus, and the central void re-inscribes the essence of being below the sky on the roof terrace, while providing ample perimeter shading for tables. the extravagant loop at the centre playfully engages with loading points from the palm trees to the bar, establishing a series of continuous relationships between them all. the loop is deployed around the base of the trees and then a novel detail with a steel rod stitches the surface together. the surface was fully developed in form finder software and confectioned from 12 unique panels, producing a three dimensional form that stretches perfectly to shape and is extremely stable in high winds.