Siam Center Shopping Mall
In 1973, Siam Center started operations as Thailand’s first shopping center of international standards. Siam Center is a shopping center near Siam BTS Station, in the heart of Bangkok. The food court is covered with a clever 3-layer ETFE cushion system. It includes white foil on top. This allows a natural glow from the sunlight during daytime into the mall. That, of course, meant little artificial lighting would be required; which means savings!
Food Court covered with ETFE System
Prior to the recent rejuvenation, Texlon® ETFE was featured prominently at Siam Discovery. At that time, it became the talk-of-town and was a landmark in its own right. The owner was pleased with the attention from our Texlon® ETFE, and in particular, its light-weight steelworks which brought about savings. With those and other reasons, we were invited to present Texlon® ETFE as roof for a renovation to another mall of theirs: Siam Center. This isn’t the only instance where Texlon® ETFE was incorporated on multiple buildings with the same owners!
Various Benefits of Using ETFE as a Cladding
The Texlon® ETFE roof sits atop the food court at the rejuvenated Siam Center. One advantage is the natural glow from the sunlight during daytime. Further, its acoustic transparency is a huge benefit for a food court where many people walk and talk. ETFE is an acoustically transparent material with a mass of less than 1kg/m2. This means that sound generated by building occupants passes through the ETFE foil and is not reflected back into the space below, unlike less acoustically transparent materials such as glass.
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