A Brigther Future – How Texlon ETFE enhances educational facilities
We all feel more comfortable with exposure to natural light. When the sun shines we feel stronger and more energized. These feelings are important for children, students and adults. But it is not all about a good feeling, it is also about economic and environmental facts. Architects and general contractors are faced with a lot of aspects while planning or rebuilding an educational facility. Texlon® ETFE combines social, economic and environmental sustainability for the overall success of a learning environment.
Find out why the following three exemplary educational facilities chose Texlon® ETFE as a solution.
Kingsdale Secondary School, South London, Great Britain
Kingsdale Secondary School in Dulwich, London was built in the late 1950s. The school became an outdated educational building as time went by, and as a result was faced with an unfavourable reputation. A reorganization and reconstruction was planned to alleviate the problems.
The goal for the architect dRMM was to exploit the potential of the existing building. After the refurbishment of the facility, morale and student behavior improved. A great impact on this conversion was the Texlon® ETFE technology. The schools original open courtyard is covered with an ETFE variable shading system using a translucent light-controlling membrane over a redefined and column-free 5,000 m2 space.
With ETFE’s lightweight properties, less support structure is required, and the roof is able to be fixed to the existing perimeter. The courtyard was transformed and created a new space for social activities.
Positive and light infused spaces help execute effective learning.
Neues Gymnasium Bochum, Germany, is a school that has all of the components to achieve the Green Building certification, demonstrating the sustainability of this project. Designed by Hascher Jehle Architektur the school is built in the shape of a figure eight. One of the two atria is covered with a 1,010 m2 Texlon® ETFE roof.
The use of Texlon® ETFE creates a naturally illuminated place, which perfectly fits into the architecture of the whole building. ETFE spans the entire courtyard, so students and teachers are protected from the environment, but simultaneously feel the natural light as if sitting outside. The acoustic comfort during breaks and events is another advantage which the transparent cladding system provides.
Texlon® ETFE sets new standards for education architecture.
Children want to explore the outside world. They can do this at Plappersnut Kindergarten in Wismar, Germany.
The building of the children’s daycare facility needed an overhaul to reduce the heating costs. This was achieved while maintaining useful outdoor space for the kids. The new heart of Plappersnut was enclosed by a protective roof using Texlon® ETFE. Instead of insulating the outer walls of the structure, the area between two of the buildings was enclosed. This created a dynamic learning space for the children and reduced costs for refurbishment and operation. Not only do the children feel outdoors, but plants can thrive as well due to the transparency of the roof which allows for the right amount of natural light transmission.
By including a print pattern on the outer layer of ETFE, solar heat gain and light transmission is controlled. It also creates a unique individual appearance of the roof.
Rethinking architecture can create efficient learning spaces for the younger generation.