The KingZip system was the solution that could accommodate the numerous design challenges.
“When you analyse it, it is not a rational shape. The geometry of the building is quite special. The curved portal frame shape
starts as a wall, becomes the roof and goes back down the other side and becomes a wall again, so it’s all one structure.
The portal frame shapes are the ribs at the centre of the building. It is parallel–sided then twists and tapers, and there is also a fall on the roof,” explained John Perry, Associate Principal at FJMT.
“One of the wonderful things about using KingZip is you can taper it, twist and bend it or curve it without losing the strength
as a consequence. You can make irrational shapes very easily,” said Perry.
Project architect Campanella said this enabled FJMT to realise their design. “KingZip allowed us to get a complex form by the
most economically available means, but also in a way that was able to be subtly manipulated to achieve that form.”