Inflatable ball and mega mirrors
Buitink Technology has produced and installed a transparent
inflatable globe and giant lightweight mirrors in the atrium of the
Justus Lipsius Building in Brussels (Belgium)
In July 2008, France had the presidency of the Council of the
European Union. For the re-design of the interior of the EU
building Justus Lipsius in Brussels, the French government
contracted the well known French architect agency ''Dubuisson
Architectes'' in Courbevoie-France.
An important part of the design is a huge transparent globe (15
m diameter) in the middle of the atrium, printed with the different
flags of the members of the European Union. This globe is hanging
in the middle of the atrium, with at both sides a giant mirror with
a size of 12 x 10 m.
When one is standing right below the globe, the globe can be
seen fully in both mirrors. In the middle of the mirrors the EU
logo of France is printed. On top of the globe, a ring of LED
lighting is installed, showing the different flags in different
The globe is made of transparent ETFE film, printed with the
various EU flags. The globe is pressurized by an automatic air
ETFE foil was choosen as:
- It is one of the strongest foils (enables large size
- The material is tranparent
- It is fire retardant (M2, B1 en class 2, NEN 6065)
- The ball is pressurized easy through an air installation
The two mirrors of 10 x 12 meters are constructed from aluminium
frameworks, cladded with a lightweight (80 g/ sqm) mirror film.
Around the framework a gold colored sheeting is placed. The back
side of the framework is tensioned with a fine meshed gauze
||Secrétariat Général de la Présidence Française de l'Union
||Dubuisson Architectes (Sylvain Dubuisson), Courbevoie,
||Preview, Lighting, France
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