Voronoi Aesthetic for Veronafiere’s ETFE Canopy
Veronafiere Exhibition decided to renew the “Re Teodorico” entrance plaza on the south side of the exhibition grounds. Vector Foiltec installed 6,654 m² of a two-layer Texlon® ETFE system on the steel structure. There are three different print patterns, which create an unforgettable atmosphere under the canopy. ETFE’s material properties and print patterns allow for an infinite number of shading options, and further, create a distinctive design. The voronoi (polygon) aesthetic of the canopy was created using 380 Texlon® ETFE panels, carried by 17 meter high steel columns.
The Texlon® ETFE canopy added a covered outdoor usable space to the exhibition area. We all feel more comfortable with exposure to natural light, but want to be protected by rain or heat. The canopy allows for a comfortable environment where visitors can connect and conduct business outside the exhibition’s halls too.
ETFE allows Unique Building Forms
ETFE has properties that make it a more flexible construction material, which also allows for more creativity and even ‘funky shapes’. Unique building forms can easily be achieved with the Texlon® ETFE system. With this project specifically, the variation in the structure, required for drainage, creates a modern, wavy effect.
Further, we helped the client fulfil the design expectations with re-engineering in order to reach for the desired 3D effect. Vector Foiltec knows how to make sure your solution is feasible and efficient. We have many years of experience and over 1500 projects showcasing our expertise.
Fast Installation of the Canopy
In order to meet the final project delivery deadline, for events already scheduled at the venue, the client requested a fast installation. Prior to the installation, all other facets of system creation, including ETFE cutting plans, aluminum fabrication, and special prints, were executed on time. The installation team went above and beyond to make sure we reached deadlines, and even worked during Christmas and New Year’s, resulting in on time completion of the canopy.
A rain water catch made of carbon fiber was added to the Texlon® ETFE system, further, part of our scope included 400 m² of PVC mesh material at the canopy’s outer edge. This was built in a triangular shape between the steel arches to provide additional shelter.
Favorite Project of Phil Schneider, Head of Sales Europe and Middle East:
“My favorite project is a beautiful Texlon® ETFE canopy at Veronafiere in Italy. I like the sophisticated design, the demanding schedule and I gladly think back at our work with the design team Maffeis Engineering and the client PICHLER Architects”
– Phil Schneider, Head of Sales Europe and Middle East
|Architects||Maffeeis Engineering, Pichler Projects|
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