New Sunkid Conveyor Canopies
Impressive wood galleries for the Sunkid Wonder Carpet conveyor belts in Serfaus, Fiss in Austria and Sierra Nevada in Spain
This year, Sunkid managed to install completely new and innovative canopies in very close cooperation with customers. Based on the proven structural advantages of the current Sunkid Gallery, impressive canopies have been designed.
“SERFAUS Wood Shed Roof“ Project
The world famous “Kinderschneealm“ in Serfaus is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The Komperdell cable railway, the Serfaus ski school and the Serfaus tourism association have developed an extensive concept this year to redesign the 45,000 sq.m. large area. Spatial separation of meeting points facilitates orientation. In addition, the new, cozy “Murmlihütte“ makes the Kinderschneealm, located directly in the ski area beneath the Komperdell middle station, live up to its name. The new “Bear Run“ family slope leads through playful obstacles directly to the Kinderschneealm and the new Bear meeting point.
The main link between the Kinderschneealm to the cable car and restaurant is a 70 meter long Sunkid Wonder Carpet. The conveyor can transfer guests uphill as well as downhill (in both directions). The customer presented Sunkid with the task of fitting this main artery, used all year round, with a canopy that optically blends with the total concept of the new Kinderschneealm. Therefore Sunkid developed, along with its partner Almholz, a wooden gallery modeled on a Tyrolean wood shed. Two cable railways that closely cross over the gallery were a special challenge. In close cooperation with the Tyrolean government, an appropriate safety concept was developed. The conveyor and wooden gallery were approved at the beginning of December without difficulty. With it, 14 Sunkid conveyors are operating in Serfaus this year, half of them with canopies.
“VARIOS Type Sunkid Gallery in Fiss“
The basic idea behind the Sunkid Varios gallery is the flexible combination of various materials. A solid metal substructure holds laminated wood beams with polycarbonate windows that are easily and quickly joined together on-site. The main focus in the development of this gallery aside from the visual aspect was above all easy and space-saving storage capability of the components (for transport or warehousing in summer), adaptability to any terrain without any cutting or adjusting on-site, as well as easy assembly and disassembly. The Varios is therefore built using the proven modular design; the heaviest part weighs 70 kg and can be moved by two people.
Individually customized facings from various materials and of various forms (e.g. larch wood, wooden rails of any type, slate plates, ornaments, glass plates, corrugated plates, back-lit images, prints of any type and form) in the lower part offer numerous design possibilities and ensure a personal touch.
“Sunkid Duplex Gallery in Sierra Nevada – Spain“ Project
The Sunkid development department designed such a “Duplex” with inner passage width of 330 cm and an inner height of 250 cm. In this gallery as well various materials were combined with each other. The foundation was again a solid fully galvanized metal substructure. Innovative half-arched aluminum profile built the basic structure of the canopy. The entire upper area was filled with 5mm thick polycarbonate glass. Impregnated wooden sheathing in the lower part created a soft and pleasant sense of space. Electrical rolling doors are mounted at both the entry and exit. There is a side opening every 15m that can be closed off with glass doors.