Yitzhak Rabin Center in Tel Aviv, commemorating the former Prime Minister, has 5 white roof shells that overtake the rest of the building, creating a swooping skyline with a reference to peace. Designed by the Dutch firm Octatube, the design & build company of professor Mick Eekhout, these thin, self supporting and complexly curved forms are made from FRP and steel. Octatube has thoroughly documented their process, from the initial computer model testing and design phase, to the prototype construction and testing, to the final transport and installation of the forms. Below are some of these process photos, however it is highly recommended to go to Octatube’s website where there is much more information on the Yitzhak Rabin Center’s roof process.
Mick Eekhout, director of Octatube International and professor for product development at Technical University Delft on winning the project: “Exciting, as now I had to make my boasting come true. I knew for sure that it was possible to make such huge free spanning composite structures, but nobody had done it so far. For experiments of this kind in the very conservative construction sector with tight budgets a careful engineering approach had to be taken.” [NRC Handelsblad, November 5th, 2005, ‘Vredesduif met blobvleugels’ door DapHartmann]