University of Reading Malaysia

  • Date
  • 2015
  • Location
  • Educity, Iskandar Puteri, Johor, Malaysia
  • Size
  • 2,500 m²
  • Sector
  • Education
  • Structure
  • Steel
  • Application
  • Roof
  • Architect
  • Scott Brownrigg (UK, MY) and Veritas Architects Sdn Bhd. (MY)


The University of Reading, based in the UK, has its first overseas campus in Malaysia. The new building is integrated in the Malaysian Government’s EduCity development in Bandar Nusajaya.

Light flooded atrium with ETFE roof

The architects, Scott Brownrigg and Veritas Architects, wanted to provide a naturally ventilated space, while protecting the atrium area from the harsh tropical weather. They decided the best way to do this was with a Texlon® ETFE roof. Vector Foiltec designed, fabricated and installed over 2,500 m² of Texlon® ETFE for the university’s central atrium. It creates perfect light flooded conditions for everyday learning and social activities underneath the canopy.

The two-layer Texlon® ETFE system is equipped with a partial dot hexagon print pattern that provides shading for an optimized climate control, while still retaining transparency. This level of transparency still allows natural plant growth. This solution allowed for the perfect combination of high thermal performance, high light transmission, anti-glare properties, resulting in comfort and plant growth.

Vector Foiltec’s scope of work

Vector Foiltec was awarded the design and engineering of the steelwork. The client wanted very elegant and lightweight steelwork and Vector Foiltec delivered, by developing an extremely lightweight diagrid solution.

Scott Brownrigg’s scheme was a finalist in the World Architecture Festival Awards 2013.

Watch a video of the campus


Images: aaron pocock photography