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Tension rods for timber constructions from BESISTA - EXPO Hannover

„The Whale“ International EXPO, Hannover, Germany

Owner: Pavillon der Hoffnung e.V., DE-Kassel
Architect: Buchhalla+Partner, Hannover
Engineering: Eilers+Vogel, Hannover
BESISTA® tension rod systems, hot-dip galvanized with hot-dip galvanized threads, without covering sleeves
Photos: A.P. Betschart

The “Pavilion of Hope” was one of the architectural highlights at the EXPO 2000 World Exposition in Hanover, Germany. Due to its distinctive shape, the pavilion was soon dubbed the “EXPO Whale” by the local population.

Even today, the exceptional timberwork structure still ranks among the EXPO site’s main attractions. The versatile hot-dip galvanized tension rod system comprising BESISTA® rod anchors and tension rods features in a number of different assemblies: as wind bracing, the tension rod system stiffens not only the roof structure, but the entire building.

Particularly outdoors, the BESISTA® tension rod systems enhance the long-term performance of the timber structure. Indeed, the philosophy behind the building, which makes people and their environment the focal point, is fully in keeping with that of BESISTA® and its founder Anton-Peter Betschart.