Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion is subject of the GROHE X & World Architecture Festival Podcast
Andrew Walley, chairman of Grimshaw Architects, sits down with the hosts of the "GROHE X & World Architecture Festival Podcast" to discuss what went into designing and realizing the Sustainability Pavilion at the EXPO 2020 Dubai.
Follow the link below to listen in. And skip to minute 35:50 to follow their discussion on our carbon fiber E-Trees.
ENOC Future Station Dubai recognized at the A&D Awards 2021
For 18 years, the A&D Awards have set the benchmark for excellence in architecture and interior design within Greater China and beyond. They are highly respected for recognizing and celebrating the most innovative and efficient projects by local and overseas practices.
ENOC Future Station, with its carbon fiber, gahf tree inspired canopy built by PCT, wins Silver Award under Best Transportation at A&D Awards 2021.
ENOC Future Station is a Petrol Station of the Future located at the Dubai Expo 2020 Site. With sustainability as its primary goal, the project employs principles from bio-mimicry, designing and producing materials that are modelled on biological entities. The service station received the LEED platinum certification —world’s first station to receive such honor —validating its performance on metrics such as energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions, etc.
As a true pioneer in fuel retail, it is also the first station in the region to incorporate an on-grid wind turbine for power generation and carbon fibre in the construction of its canopy. An approach which traffics into the past as well as the future, the design nods at nature as well as local historical context, by taking the Ghaf Tree as the Canopy’s inspiration. As an endemic species, the Ghaf is a symbol of sustainability, linking the past to the present and providing a perfect basis for design of an innovative, futuristic and sustainable petrol station.
Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion wins the World Architecture Festival prize, in the category Completed Building - Display
WAF is the world’s largest annual international architectural event. A festival like no other... Dedicated to celebrating and sharing inspirational architecture, WAF is the only architecture event where keynote talks from the industry’s most influential figures sit alongside live-judging presentations from over 550 award finalists.
ENOC Service Station of the Future among winners at ARCHITECTURE MASTERPRIZE 2021
The Architecture MasterPrize™ (AMP) honors designs in the disciplines of architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture with the goal of advancing the appreciation of architecture worldwide. Each submitted design was evaluated by the esteemed AMP Jury, and the best projects were selected.
Firm Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Project Location: Dubai EXPO 2020 Site, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Design Team: Premier Composite Technologies – Carbon Fiber Canopy Structure development and manufacturing, Joseph Group – Façade development and manufacturing, 3S Lighting – Lighting Design, Arcadis Lead Consultant and AOR
Client: Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC)
ENOC is futuristic petrol station located at Dubai Expo 2021, the project employs principles from biomimicry, designing and producing materials that are modelled on biological entities. ENOC Station was presented with the LEED platinum certification, world’s first station to receive such honor. The design is inspired by the rich heritage of the UAE’s traditions in the form of its national tree, the Ghaf tree, a local, resilient tree species that grows in a harsh, arid desert environment, A symbol of sustainability, was selected as a central motif and main source of inspiration for the design.
ENOC Service Station of the Future CFRP Canopy shortlisted for the Structural Awards 2021
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.
Architect's Journal 100 Building of the Year 2021 Shortlist Announced
The award is given for the finest building completed by an AJ100-ranked practice during 2020. Amongst the nominees is
Grimshaw’s Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, an architectural showcase for sustainability strategies.
The winners will be announced in September at the AJ100 Festival.
Enoc service station of the future get Highly Commended at Architecture Leaders Awards 2021
The carbon fibre canopy roof and ghaf tree inspired support structure designed by AEDAS and built by PCT, was highly commended in the category for Best Commercial Project Of The Year at the inaugural edition of Architecture Leaders Awards 2021.
Grimshaw Architects wins Sustainable Project of the Year award for Terra-The Sustainability Pavilion
Terra-The Sustainability Pavilion, Dubai Expo 2020, by Grimshaw Architects was declared as the Sustainable Project of the Year.
Matthew Utley, principal at Grimshaw Architects, said: “We are very honoured to win the Sustainable Project of the Year award for Terra-The Sustainability Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai. It’s a group effort between the consultants and client team.”
Drawing inspiration from complex natural processes like photosynthesis, the dynamic form of the Pavilion is in service to its function, capturing energy from sunlight and freshwater from humid air. The relationship of building to the site, and its physical and cultural contexts is critical, as the facility’s strength lies in its capacity to demonstrate a new way of living sustainably in a challenging desert environment.
ENOC opens Service Station of the Future at Expo 2020 Dubai
"Enoc Group, the official Integrated Energy Partner of Expo 2020 Dubai, opened the ‘Service Station of the Future’ that will support the logistical needs of Expo 2020s fleet ahead of the global event and will serve the general public at District 2020.
More than 43,000 square metres of carbon fibre — a light, eco-friendly material that is three times stronger and five times lighter than steel — has been used to build the 133-multilayer canopy frame. The frame structure houses a clear, innovative leaf-shaped ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) cushion canopy, which is 100 per cent UV ray-protected and corrosion-proof, and illuminated with more than 3,800 LED light modules. The nine tree designs that support the station were built from another 22,500m2 of carbon fibre."
Enjoy the Expo 2020 Pavilions Premiere
The Dubai Expo 2020 Sustainability pavilion has opened its doors to visitors before the official launch of the Expo 2020. Experience Terra - The Sustainability Pavilion, Alif - The Mobility Pavilion and Mission Possible - The Opportunity Thematic Pavilions before anyone else! From 22 January to 10 April 2021, doors are open five days a week.
ENOC Future Mobility Station at Dubai Expo wins Innovation in Design and Sustainable Project of the Year Award at Design Middle East Awards 2020
The carbon fibre canopy roof and ghaf tree inspired support structure were designed by AEDAS and built by PCT.
The awards honored the best of designers, architects, projects, and design-oriented companies. The award ceremony with various categories strived to recognize the individual excellence, company strengths, and project success.
Premier Composite Technologies featured on New York By Design on CBS - E-trees project moves on to the competition Final !
Watch the full episode above. And make sure to tune in for the series Finale!
Pictures of the Sustainability Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai surface online.
The Sustainability Pavilion is one of Expo 2020’s three Thematic Pavilions. Its purpose is an embodiment of its name, with the building a showcase of cutting-edge sustainable design. The Pavilion’s emotive visitor experience tells the enchanting story of humankind’s relationship with nature while addressing negative environmental impacts, caused in large part by human behaviour. It will help visitors understand their impact on the environment and how they can become agents of change.
Premier Composite Technologies presenting at the ZAK Virtual Festival of Facades
Gabi Boehm - Principal Architect PCT and Mark Hobbs - Head Of Structural Engineering PCT,
were invited to hold a webinar detailing some of the advantages of advanced composites as well as some selected projects that showcase the potential of advanced composites in architecture.
Premier Composite Technologies in the JEC Composites Magazine Issue #133
....." Recently, there appeared a wide number of interesting large-scale examples of using Composites in roof and dome construction. For example, Apple installed a massive carbon fibre roof on the Apple Theatre at its new headquarters at Cupertino, USA. An 80-tonne roof of 44 carbon fibre panels was installed over its glass walls." ...
...."Another large scale example is the Emirates Palace (Abu Dhabi, UAE). With an area of more than 14,000sqm, this huge complex includes 114 domes that use composte materials. The largest Domeis 42meters wide, and the rest are 3 to 17 meters in diameter."....
.."Still another example ia an 8-meter composite dome in over a telescope in Mary, Turkmenistan. The dome consistsof six composite panels individually opened by a hydraulic system.'.....
Premier Composite Technologies in The Structural Engineer magazine
"Designed by Eckersley O'Callaghan in collaboration with Foster + Partners, the Steve Jobs Theater pavilion for the Apple Campus in California comprises a 47m diameter, free-spanning roof gracefully supported on a 7m tall glass drum. The roof was Fabricated by Premier Composite Technologies.
CFRP is twice as strong as steel, but five times lighter. This unique combination enables the theatre roof to be a shallow1.4m deep at its center, reducing to a blade at its edge, and achieving the 41m span without intermediate support."
Premier Composite Technologies completes third marble Dior Store facade.
PCT has completed the facade for the Dior Store in the Venetian Mall, Macau last week, marking the fourth store after Dubai, Shanghai and Bangkok, a great milestone for PCT´s marble and stone sector.
The Facades consist of marble lamellas, each cut to a specific size and angle, and later installed in a staggered way to create a unique illusion of waves running along the shopfronts.
Premier Composite Technologies installs UHPC Mashrabiyas at Al Garhoud Towers.
PCT has developed the UHPC cladding design based on a study of traditional Mashrabias under consideration of the structural requirements like windforce, shading, material characteristics and attachment.
To create the impression that the Mashrabiya is floating in front of the building, PCT has developed an innovative hanger system which is nearly invisible. The system comprises of stainless steel support brackets prefixed to the main structure prior to the installation of the curtain wall.
The panels are attached using slender brushed stainless steel rods and forks that provide dead load, wind load and seismic load support to the façade screen. The PCT decoration pattern is made of the innovative material UHPC, which combines great strength with low maintenance and reasonable production costs.
Premier Composite Technologies Installs composite Shades at Dubai Creek.
Dubai Creek Harbour is at the heart of a bold new development for Dubai situated on the banks of the historic Dubai Creek, and part of the design of the iconic waterfront areas circling the new marina called for shading elements to provide focal points and gathering spaces. The shelter design brief called for an elegant shell structure which could frame the incredible views to Downtown Dubai and the Burj Khalifa whilst providing shade and thermal comfort.
The Steve Jobs Theater Pavilion won the Structural Artistry Award at the Structural Awards 2018 in London.
The Steve Jobs Theater Pavilion represents a culmination of the advances in structural glass technology born from the close relationship between Apple and EOC. The 47m carbon fibre roof is the largest of its kind, comprised of 44 radial panels, which were assembled on site before being raised into position in one lift. This 80 tonne roof is supported by a 7m high glass cylinder, made up of glass panels, each consisting of four layers of 12mm thick plies, which hold up the roof without any additional support. It is the largest structure in the world solely supported by glass.
Images: © Eckersley O'Callaghan, Nigel Young & Foster+Partners
Apple Michigan Avenue is shortlisted for the Structural Artistry award at the Structural Awards 2018
A new retail store featuring an exceptionally thin carbon fibre roof (1m deep x 33.7m x 29.8m in plan) supported on four columns. A structural steel roof frame supports the carbon fibre roof which together cantilever 8.3m to the south, 9.3m to the east and west, and 6.3m to the north. An interior tapering mezzanine balcony is flanked by grand stairs, creating a stunning central volume.
ENR Global Best Projects 2017, Retail/Mixed-Use Development category – Winner
‘U-columns’ made of glass support a 20.9 metres in diameter carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) roof - in a seismic region. This project won the rennowed ENR Global Best Projects 2017 Award in the category Retail/Mixed-Use Development. The project has got a commendation for the
Structural Artistry category of Structural Awards 2017.
Premier Composite Technologies at the WETEX 2017, Dubai, UAE
Premier Composite Renewable Green Energy is a solution provider for Building Integrated Photovoltaic systems (BIPV), specialized PV systems and complex LED lighting solutions integrated with PCT composite cladding solutions.
Premier Composite Technologies at the Dubai Boat Show 2017, Dubai Marina, UAE
Premier Composite Technologies attended the Dubai International Boat Show 2017, showcasing two new boats The Premier61(P61) and the Melges26 (M26). Both boats were met with enthusiasm from potential buyers and boat enthusiasts.
The design and performance capabilities of these boats attracted much discussion among visitors to the stand. The fact that Premier Composite Technologies is based in Dubai also generated some buzz among the Emirati visitors.
Premier Composite Technologies at the ADIPEC 2015, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Premier Composite Repairs (PCR) provides engineered composite repairs that restore the structural integrity of critical pipelines, pipework and vessels of any given diameter and geometry.
With the primary focus being upstream and downstream operators in the Oil & Gas industries, PCR products are specifically designed for the repair and strengthening of metallic, as well as non-metallic, components. PCT has developed its new product range of ISO 24817:2015 and ASME PCC-2 compliant repair systems to be suitable for internal and external corrosion including through wall defects.