Busbahnhof Aarau

  • Date
  • 2013
  • Location
  • Switzerland, Aarau
  • Size
  • 1,055 m²
  • Sector
  • Transport
  • Structure
  • Steel
  • Application
  • Roofs
  • Architect
  • Vehovar & Jauslin Architektur AG


The shape of the Texlon® ETFE canopy at Busbahnhof Aarau has been compared to a lingering cloud. With a gap in the middle of the structure, the bus station shading is both practical and visually dynamic. The canopy is stationed with a steel frame and is formed of a single inflated Texlon® ETFE panel encompassing over 1,055m² – the world’s largest air-supported inflated panel or “cushion”. The eye-cathcing bespoke print was printed onto a blue Texlon® ETFE foil.

The canopy acts as an environmental shield to ensure protection from wind and shelter from rain for visitors to the station.

A modified co-polymer which has been adapted for use in the architectural, design and construction industries, Texlon® ETFE is unique in that it boasts exceptional longevity, is fully recyclable and does not degrade under ultra-violet light. The synthetic material is also self-cleansing, improving cost efficiency and reducing the carbon footprint of the structure.

 Busbahnhof Aarau has been rewarded with various awards.




Image: © Andreas Braun