OpenAire Retractable Roof Encloses Pool on Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas

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Aluminum structure perfectly suited for the open seas

Quantum of the Seas

Throughout the project’s life, our team proved once again that we can deliver the mechanically functional, structurally sound and architecturally pleasing end results our customers expect, leading to 100 percent customer satisfaction.

OpenAire Inc., the world’s premier designer, manufacturer and installer of custom retractable roof enclosures and operable skylights, has completed a new retractable roof structure for the indoor pool on Royal Caribbean International’s latest ship, Quantum of the Seas.

The ship, dubbed the “world’s first SmartShip” by Royal Caribbean, features stunning new innovations in hospitality and technology. The 167,800-tonne ship was built by Meyer Werft in Germany and features new attractions including 18 restaurants, indoor skydiving and bumper cars. Early reviews of the cruise ship have been enthusiastic raves.

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 102’ by 43’ (31m by 13m), features a glass roof that slides open 75 percent. Ten bays of retractable glass and aluminum walls measuring 16’ (5m) high open 67 percent of the structure’s sides. Each oversized glass panel is 16’ (4.8 m) long, allowing the sunlight to stream into the pool area.

“In the beginning, this high-end, customized project challenged our team on almost every aspect because of its irregular shape, the way the customer wanted it to operate, the non-land based support and the construction method,” says William Yu, Director of Engineering of OpenAire. “Throughout the project’s life, our team proved once again that we can deliver the mechanically functional, structurally sound and architecturally pleasing end results our customers expect, leading to 100 percent customer satisfaction.”

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 chloramines. Apart from its durability, aluminum appealed to Royal Caribbean because it is lighter weight than traditional steel, therefore contributing less to the overall weight of the ship and resulting energy use.

“While it’s hard to stand out on a ship that features robotic bartenders, bumper cars and roller skating, Quantum of the Seas is a highlight in our portfolio of work,” says Mark Albertine, President and CEO of OpenAire Inc. “We’re proud to have worked with Meyer Werft to build this amazing enclosure, and we are pleased to announce that our structures will feature on the next three Royal Caribbean ships, including the Anthem of the Seas and the Ovation of the Seas.”

To learn more about OpenAire Inc.’s over 600 past projects and capabilities, visit For more details on this project, please send an e-mail to sales(at)openaire(dot)com. OpenAire is currently exhibiting at the Big5 International Building and Construction Show, November 17-21, 2014 at the Dubai World Trade Centre at location 1E17. OpenAire is also exhibiting at IAAPA Attractions Expo at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, USA, November 18-21, at booth #1837.

**About OpenAire**

OpenAire has been designing and manufacturing beautiful, high-quality, environmentally conscious retractable roof structures and skylights for over 25 years. We bring unique visions to life from initial design to installation, transforming buildings into sunlit spaces customers love. Our 600+ commercial projects include the Americana Indoor Water Park in Niagara Falls, Canada; Aqua Sferra water park in Donetsk, Ukraine; Tropicana Water Park in Stadthagen, Germany; the Rooftop Bar at the Refinery Hotel in New York City, and the Palms Casino & Resort in Las Vegas.

Headquartered in Oakville, Ontario, OpenAire has worked throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East. Learn more at

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