Due to the Saragossa summer heat, coinciding with the period in which the International Exhibition 2008 would be developed, it was thought that would be suitable to provide shaded areas to the audience.
Among the public spaces in the showground, the North Access and the hollow area among the Thematic Plazas were chosen to provide shaded areas. “Batllé i Roig”, proposed the construction of two cable net structures with coloured textile dots that would cast shadows over the ground. The cable net would be supported by a steel frame. All these things were collected in a Basic Project. The former Pergola, which was named Entrance Pergola, covering a surface of 2362 m2, was settled, as it was said, in the North Access and its mission was protecting the spectators from sun before their entrance in the exhibition site. The second one, that was named Inner, was built among the Thematic Plazas, providing architectural unity to all of them and generating a shaded and refreshing area, thanks to the water vaporizers provided in the pergolas. Its planar surface was of 7500 m2.
Owner: Ayuntamiento de Zaragoza
Project: Batlle i Roig and Arenas & Asociados
Surface: 13000 m2. Material: Ferrari Soltis 92
Technical development & manufacture ETFE textiles: Lastra & Zorrilla
Arenas & Asociados’ Role: Detail Project developer