Cloud of Science with Texlon® ETFE Canopy

  • Date
  • 2017
  • Location
  • Braunschweig, Germany
  • Size
  • 120 m²
  • Sector
  • Cultural
  • Structure
  • Steel
  • Application
  • Canopy
  • Architect
  • Engineering: osd and TU Braunschweig


Not an UFO – a real Texlon® ETFE Canopy

The Cloud of Science, a 125 m2 Texlon® ETFE canopy, was the centrepiece of the tenth anniversary of Braunschweig’s title „City of science 2007”.
The canopy was built as a meeting point in the city, and host to various events throughout the 10 days of science focused programs.

The two-layer Texlon® ETFE system has constant air flowing throughout, maintaining pressure, to keep it inflated giving it a cushion like appearance. At night, the transparent foil cushion is illuminated making it even more unique establishing itself as a popular meeting point in the middle of the city at the castle square.

Texlon® ETFE has been installed on iconic projects worldwide, like the world renowned famous Eden Project in Cornwall or Burgers’ Mangrove at Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem, Netherlands. Our repeat clients are a testimonial to the extraordinary benefits of the building material.

Scope of work

Vector Foiltec is responsible for the Texlon® ETFE system, the steel structure and installation.

About the Cloud of Science

The Cloud of Science is a project from the city of Braunschweig and the ForschungRegion Braunschweig e.V. Named the city of science 10 years ago, brought on a 13 day event. Rich in history and innovation this city hosted a variety of public events related to science. The Cloud of Science was a temporary pavilion created specifically for the celebration of the tenth jubilee of Braunschweig’s title „City of science 2007” in September 2017.


Time laps of the installation of the Texlon® ETFE canopy on the castle square of Braunschweig:


Main image: © Markus Hörster