In collaboration with the Jakob Rope Systems wire rope factory in Trubschachen, a special climbing support system was developed in a three-year project for the greening of the MFO Park. Wire ropes integrated in the steel framework play a central role in this project realised by the architects Burckhardt + Partner in Zurich and the Randerschall Landschaftsarchitekten AG in Meilen and commissioned by Grün Stadt Zürich, an office of Zurich’s civil engineering department.
Climbing supports for façade greening are a speciality of Jakob Rope Systems. Our standard Green Solutions system offers a wealth of technically sophisticated and ecologically significant design and combination possibilities. The climbing support system for the MFO Park presented our engineers with a completely new challenge: After working out a greening concept, various rope technologies were tested on an open-air model until the ideal solution was found. A fan-shaped, single-rope system was employed with crossing stainless steel ropes in which the mix expands as it moves up.
The “Park House” is a twin-walled, delicate construction made of steel girders and ropes covered inside and out and on the roof with a climbing support which is open at the front and also contains openings in the side walls. The external primary ropes bear the loads and were tensioned in one piece as 100 m long ropes. The inner, fine ropes for the plants are interrupted (length: 4.20 m) and form a mesh size of 50 cm which then decreases radically. Adequate solutions were also needed for the anchor points. The ropes are tensioned with droop comparable to that of a fabric.