Rua da Saúde Glass Roof / schlaich bergermann und companion
Textual content description supplied by the architects. Santa Casa de Misericórdia de Porto Alegre is a vital establishment that manages a fancy of a number of hospital buildings, whose format configures an inside road known as “Rua da Saúde”. Because of the established construction, there was beforehand no contiguous connection between the buildings. The shopper’s need was thus to have a connecting roof, which might harmoniously span over the buildings and outline a brand new iconic outdoors area.
Often called “Rua da Saúde”, the roof spans over the courtyard of the hospital complicated and consists of 1647 glass panels. The slender, free-form construction, outlined by a triangular metal grid with a glass cowl, connects three inside zones as much as the principle entrance of the hospital complicated. The roof supplies shelter and on the similar time creates a vigorous and inexperienced out of doors space with an inviting ambiance for leisure and social actions for the hospital’s customers. Its free-form design harmoniously blends with the encircling atmosphere.
The structural idea relies on 14 supporting factors, that are positioned in entrance of the buildings. Their closing place was rigorously outlined in a steady course of, contemplating the prevailing buildings and the underground amenities. Horizontal hundreds are being taken up primarily by the supporting factors of the so-called impluvium and an M-shaped bracing.
As well as, some V-shaped columns take minor horizontal hundreds, whereas the vertical columns primarily transmit vertical hundreds to their base factors. The grid shell is manufactured from a triangular metal grid with tubular profiles, related to a welded node, via six metal plates and a stable conical tube. The slender helps are additionally tubular profiles.
An intensive strategy of geometric and structural optimization in the course of the design part resulted in a particularly slender construction of distinctive magnificence. The glass roof of Rua da Saúde not solely performs an important position within the modernization of Santa Casa de Misericórdia but in addition guarantees to change into an iconic landmark for town of Porto Alegre.