The Acre Canopy

Lightweight Canopy Structure, Acre-IL, 2013-2014

The canopy project, located within the Acre Citadel,  a UNSECO world heritage site, is a bold contemporary interpretation of past traditions and a destination in the new touristic and cultural complex of the crusaders compound.

The strong presence of mediterranean light in the visitor’s experience as one moves through the ancient halls and courtyards of the Citadel is the point of departure for the development of a rich shading experience for the new canopy.


The canopy, a layered ‘quilted’ membrane structure with multiple voids and perforations is designed and articulated through a process of digital and manual form finding.

By manipulating the anticlastic curvature of the canopy, the horizontal loads on the ancient walls are reduced and an optimised number of wall anchors are achieved. Moving away from compression structures and the citadel's halls of massive walls and columns, the new lightweight structure is treating the void and not mass as a structural driver.

The Membrane fabric selected is filtering up to 80% of solar radiation while allowing natural ventilation and reduced wind loads on the structure.


Credits :

Design Engineers : Ramboll Engineers (RCD), London

Fabricators : Paturiz Membranes Israel


For previous designs within the Acre Citadel see also :

AA Tel-Aviv Visiting School 2013 [AA+Shenkar]




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