Saerbeck, September 13, 2017 – The world-famous group of architects FOSTER + PARTNERS, headed by Lord Norman Foster, has rebuilt the headquarters of its Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid. The roof of the newly constructed “Pavilion of Inspirations” was built using SAERTEX LEO® materials which offer increased protection against fire.

The “Pavilion of Inspirations” is part of the newly built NORMAN FOSTER FOUNDATION in Madrid, which was opened at 48, Monte Esquinza Street in June 2017. The pavilion and its 172m2 roof were designed by Lord Norman Foster, David Delgado, Raúl Gómez, and Jorge López, and the roof takes the form of an airplane wing with a lightweight structure.

The new building breaks up the asymmetric geometry of the external area by shaping the roof like the wing of an airplane. The roof is carried on a concealed steel structure which protrudes over a structural glass façade with no apparent support, giving the impression that the roof is hovering.

The overall surface of the roof is subdivided into ten three-meter parallel panels which taper to a narrower end. The benefits of this structure lie primarily in weight savings compared to other materials, and in the various design options that it offers.

The unique design was executed by the Spanish specialists for composite components, Carbures Civil Works Spain, and it employs fiber-reinforced composite sandwich panels made of SAERTEX LEO®. The structural fiberglass laminates manufactured using the vacuum infusion process are impervious to ultraviolet radiation, thanks to the use of the SAERTEX LEO® material system, and are particularly resistant to fire in accordance with European standard DIN EN 13501.

The pavilion houses a comprehensive collection of items, models, photographs, and sculptures from the world of art, architecture, and design. The exhibits also encompass a range of Lord Foster’s defining inspirations, which include aircraft, cars, and railroads.


Norman Foster Foundation. “Newly inaugurated Norman Foster Foundation features innovatively designed pavilion for events and exhibitions”. Accessed 13 Jul 2017.

AD Editorial Team. “The Norman Foster Foundation's Wing-Shaped Pavilion Provides a Home for Le Corbusier's Car” 21 Jun 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 13 Jul 2017.

With approximately EUR 350 million of annual revenue (2016), the family-owned company SAERTEX® is the global market leader in the manufacture of multiaxial fabrics (non-crimp fabrics) and core materials for the production of fiber-reinforced composites. Customers in the wind, aerospace, automotive, sports and boat building industries rely on SAERTEX® reinforcement materials made from glass, carbon and aramid fibers to achieve lighter weights, enhanced stiffness and corrosion resistance. Particularly in segments like shipbuilding, railways, oil & gas and construction, the company offers additional services to support customers in the transformation of components from steel to composite – from calculations and process development to serial part production. With some 1,400 employees and twelve production sites on five continents, as well as an active distribution network in more than 50 countries, the SAERTEX® group is globally positioned, to satisfy the rising demand for advanced-technology composite solutions. More information:

Should you have any queries, please contact:
Daniel Stumpp, Head of Global Marketing, Tel. +49-251-902-2871, Contact form
SAERTEX GmbH & Co. KG, Brochterbecker Damm 52, D-48369 Saerbeck
Post picture

LEO Infusion Resin

LEO Protection Layer (Topcoat / Gelcoat)

Core Materials (Optional)

LEO Reinforcement Material
(Glass / Carbon / Aramid / Hybrid)