• UPCYCLE
    SAIL FRAME

Introduction

Carbon fibre sails are exclusive and very expensive, but they have a limited lifespan when used for professional racing. The mainsail can only be used at eight regattas, which is roughly one season.

The sunlight, salt water and wind pressure that the sails are exposed to make the material lose its high performance properties, and therefore also their speed. This means that there is an abundance of used high-performance sails on the market which are categorized as theatre sails. Though not up to racing, they can still be used for decorative purposes.

SAP Extreme Sailing Team has donated some mainsails that we use in the specific project, but there are huge amounts of material that can be used for similar projects.

TYPE, SIZE, SITE

Cladding

120m2

Denmark, Ørestad

CUSTOMER

Solstra Capital Partners

PARTNERS

SAP Extreme Racing Team

Raaschou Inventar Snedkeri

STATUS, YEAR

Completed

2015

TEAM

Partner in charge: Anders Lendager

Project leaders: Brian Kessy, Kaare Karrebæk Thun

Upcycling

We wanted to work with sails, as it in a resource perspective contains huge untapped potential. In this case it replaced glass, giving a significant CO2-reduction.

The sails are cut and mounted on frames, creating a beautiful and environmentally friendly covering.

Design

In the specific assignment we were tasked with covering a big ventilation system mounted in a vertical steel construction.

We were inspired by tensile constructions and have been interested in exploring the possibilities for the integration of textiles into architecture in a sustainable and resource-conscious way. Textile has an obvious advantage over other materials regarding its ability to span large areas despite its low weight.

The result is a living patchwork of semi-translucent ships sails that cover the ventillation system. If you look closely, you can see the sails move very slightly from the circulation in the ventilation system, a distant echo of their previous life at sea.