The Quantum of the Seas is the first of Royal Caribbean’s new Quantum-class cruise ships. The ship features 18 restaurants, surf and sky diving simulators, a robotic bartender and bumper cars, among many other exciting innovations. So how to make the adults-only indoor pool stand out?
OpenAire designed, manufactured and constructed a sleek and modern retractable roof structure for the ship’s indoor pool. The retractable roof and windows operate smoothly and silently as they open to let in the sun and sea air, or close to keep cold and precipitation out. The custom structure, measuring 31m by 13m, features a glass roof that slides open 75 percent. Ten bays of retractable glass and aluminum walls measuring 5m high open 67 percent of the structure’s sides. Each oversized glass panel is 4.8 meters long, allowing the sunlight to stream into the pool area.
The custom-designed structure is constructed of extruded aluminum profiles made of structural alloy 6061 T6. The thermally broken, all-aluminum framing is maintenance-free, resistant to corrosion caused by salt air and caustic chloromines. Apart from its durability, aluminum appealed to Royal Caribbean because it is lighter weight than traditional steel, therefore contributing less to overall weight of the ship and resulting energy use.
The results are so stunning that OpenAire structures will be featured on the next three Quantum-class ships.