University of Arizona
Tuscon, Arizona | Steel Shade Structure
A 300 x 87-foot steel shade structure of woven mesh covers a large rooftop courtyard area between the university’s medical research and bioresearch buildings. The canopy-style ramada is stretched between stainless steel cables to achieve an unparalleled aesthetic with clean, cascading sections of fabric that form an impressive exterior design element. The mesh panels are installed on an angle to allow for optimal shading and airflow, which turned a heat island into usable space where students and faculty can gather.
"One of the unexpected aspects of the mesh was its visual interplay with the environment. I was standing beneath the structure, and when I looked up, it was as if the sky and the clouds were being projected onto the mesh. Cambridge material offers a visual treat in addition to shading."
Kyle Peyton, ZGF
41% open area, 240 panels