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Skylink Squaire Metro

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City, Country Frankfurt, Germany
Year 2009–2012
Client IVG THE SQUAIRE Parking
Architect Lengfeld & Wilisch Architekten
Services Structural Engineering
Facts GFA: 8,585 m² | Length: 300 m | Span approx.: 90 m
Awards Preis des Deutschen Stahlbaues 2012, Award

To connect a new multistory parking garage with the biggest mixed-use building at Frankfurt International Airport “The Squaire” a 300 m long steel bridge was being built. A cable car, the “Skylink Mini Metro” runs along the bridge carrying passengers between the two buildings.

The slightly curved bridge was designed in cooperation of the architects and structural engineers. It is supported by eight pairs of columns with a maximum span of 90 m and crossing the main feeder road to the Airport. The cable car track is set at the bottom chord of a truss system. The diagonals of the truss were computer generated using parametric design algorithms which by means of an evolutionary process places the diagonals in such way that they seem randomly placed but are still bracing the structure optimally.

A special challenge was the design and detailing of the connections under consideration of fatigue loads resulting from the MiniMetro.

Structural Engineering
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