Renovation from Glass to ETFE: Normal Does Not Exist.

„Normal does not exist.”, Geoffrey Walters, Engineer and Sales Manager, about the Koelnmesse from glass to ETFE renovation project.

And why? Geoffrey explains, “Building in existing structures is something quite different from building on greenfield sites.“.

Transformation of a Fairground

Exhibition grounds face a unique set of challenges – serving the diverse needs of organizers, exhibitors, and visitors while ensuring the long-term success of trade fairs. These goals brought Koelnmesse’s Project 3.0 to life, aiming to transform the fairgrounds into a refreshed and upgraded space. And that is where we came in with our innovative Texlon® ETFE system.

Achieve Renovation Goals with ETFE

Our team helped Koelnmesse achieve their renovation goals by replacing the aging glass roofs of two key passages with our Texlon® ETFE cushion system.

By creating comfortable, connected spaces, we enhanced the visitor experience and breathed new life into the fairgrounds.

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Here is How We Made the Renovation from Glass to the ETFE Roofs Happen:

  • One-Stop-Shop Service

We provided Koelnmesse with a comprehensive solution, from dismantling the old glass roofs to optimizing the new steel structure for our lightweight Texlon® ETFE system. This approach saved time, energy, and costs.

  • Overcoming Scheduling Challenges

With over 40+ years of experience in ETFE cladding projects, our team navigated the complex scheduling demands to ensure visitors could enjoy the upgraded space during key events like Gamescom.

  • Innovative ETFE Cladding

Our silver ink dot matrix print pattern on the inside of the upper ETFE layer creates a comfortable, naturally lit atmosphere while providing thermal performance and anti-glare properties. Some visitors even forget that they are under a roof. 😉

  • Certified Sustainability

ETFE is a modified copolymer that boasts exceptional longevity, full recyclability, and resistance to UV light. It is also self-cleaning, reducing maintenance costs and the carbon footprint. Our Texlon® ETFE system even has an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for easy integration into LEED, BREEAM, or DGNB certification.

At Vector Foiltec, we think outside the box to create exceptional ETFE solutions for clients worldwide. Constantly challenging ourselves, we innovate and push the boundaries of what’s possible in architecture.

Want to learn more about how our Texlon® ETFE system can transform your space? It is time to connect:

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Check Out Our Renovation Projects

You can catch a glimpse of a selection of our completed projects where renovation played a crucial role. You will discover transformations, expansions, modernizations, revitalizations, and energy-efficient upgrades. Click here to view our renovation project overview.

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