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Sculpture covered with a membrane - Gadget

Germany - Berlin International Airport 2012


The artist Olaf Nicolai created a sculpture called Gadget for the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport – an oversized luminous pearl necklace draped around one of the glass air bridges. This necklace consists of 67 pearls, each with a diameter of 1.50m.

In order to meet the stringent fire protection requirements and weight limitations for the illuminated balls, the architects Schimmelpfennig / Mittig had the idea of using a fabric out of incombustible fiberglass for the shells. As a specialist consultant, 3dtex was commissioned with the development of an appropriate design concept. With the idea of the “twisted pearls” we developed an exceptionally simple design that could fulfil all technical requirements, while our design for the individual pearls was enthusiastically accepted by the artist.

The connection and tensioning mechanisms are arranged in a specially designed aluminium extruded profile and completely covered to achieve the desired minimalist design.


3dtex GmbH: Implementation Planning, Assembly of membranes


Artist: Olaf Nicolai, Berlin

Architects: Schimmelpfennig / Mittig, Berlin

Static: IB Zapf, Belrin

Membrane Manufacture: aeronautec, Seon

Steel works: Bernd Euler Schlossermeister, Berlin

Material: Atex 3000 - VALMIERA