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Oxígeno Human Playground (Centro Comercial Oxígeno)

Location: San José, Costa Rica
Membrane: ETFE Film
Market Sector: Commercial
Project Size: 18,000 sqft
Architect: Jerde
Owner: Cuestamoras
Completion Date: April 2018

In the summer of 2018, Big Span Structures successfully installed the Oxígeno Human Playground ETFE canopy in San José, Costa Rica.

The ETFE roof cushion with a 135-foot diameter covers the central place of a spacious shopping area in the San Francisco de Heredia district. This ETFE structure is currently the largest of its kind in the world, and it combines a clear architectural language with detailed connections and a highly optimized security system.

The two-layer cushion construction, with a total of 18,000 square feet, is supported by a network of cables anchored in a continuous steel ring. In case of emergency, (loss of air pressure), security valves have been installed which ensure that any accumulated water is discharged immediately.