A Unique ETFE Facade for Maximum Light Transmission
In Singapore, a new McDonald’s restaurant with a unique Texlon® ETFE facade design opened its doors in April 2023. Located in Choa Chu Kang Park, in northwest Singapore, the outlet is surrounded by greenery and nature. The transparent ETFE cushions on the facade contribute to a light-flooded interior space.
A Highly Transparent ETFE Facade Connects Inside to Outside
This branch connects the classic McDonald’s design with modern and sleek elements. In fact, the design intent was to connect the interior of the restaurant with the park surroundings. The architect, Archideas Design, proposed to open the walls with continuous transparent ETFE cushions. As a result, abundant daylight can enter the building. The high transparency of our Texlon® ETFE system allows for all wavelengths of natural light to pass through. This creates a beautiful outdoor feeling in the restaurant. On top of that, the high light transmission of the foil benefits the indoor greenery walls.
Flexible Design that Turns Heads – and Corners
There’s nothing standard about the facade design at the McDonald’s at Choa Chu Kang Park. Wrapped around the building are three rows of 2-layer Texlon® ETFE cushions. They feature a unique 90-degree turn at one corner, as well as two very narrow radius turns. Our ETFE system is very flexible and has a high tensile strength. These characteristics allow for endless design possibilities.
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Meeting Singapore’s Green Vision is Easy with Texlon® ETFE
Singapore’s vision of being the world’s greenest city has massively influenced the requirements for new construction developments. The Green Mark Certification Scheme is an initiative aimed at promoting sustainable and environmentally friendly buildings. The certification encourages the adoption of best practices in areas such as energy efficiency, water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and sustainable materials. With its longevity, lightweight, and recyclability Texlon® ETFE is a truly sustainable material option. Hence, more and more projects in the “Garden City” are benefitting from its unique advantages.
One of the most common practices to make Singapore’s buildings more sustainable is the integration of greenery. For instance, rooftop and balcony gardens and vertical plant walls adorn the city. They can also be found in and outside of McDonald’s at Choa Chu Kang Park. The indoor walls flourish behind the highly transparent ETFE cushions.
Worldwide Partnerships for Global Success
Vector Foiltec and Archideas Design have already completed several projects together. Our expertise and close partnership with our global partners ensure a smooth process from design to fabrication, installation, and maintenance. No matter the application or sector, our team of experts is here to assist you with all questions about ETFE. Whether you want to build a unique facade or a lightweight roof, you can contact your local expert here.