Facade screens of ETFE in shopping center Spaans Noord
Buitink Technology installed facade screens in shopping centre
"Spaans Noord". A unique application of transparent ETFE foil as
protection against wind and rain.
The screens are installed around the outside of the trusses that
constitute the roof of the square. In order to keep tension on the
screens and to resist wind forces the screens are provided with
inox tensioning springs that are hooked up around inox corner
Material ETFE foil
For this particular project ETFE (teflon) foil was chosen for a
number of reasons. First of all the light weight of the material
(about 350g/sqm), that allows easy addition to the existing
construction. Then the foil transmits 95% of the daylight and
provides sufficient light for the central space below. Even UV
light is almost completely transmitted trough the foil. On top of
this the material is very resistant to aging ( it doesn't alter
it's color even after 25 years of service) and is "self cleaning".
The material is fire resistant too; it belongs to class 1 of NEN
6065. Finally the material completely can be prefabricated
and can be produced in complex three dimensional shapes.
||Rudy Uytenhaak Architect office BV