Naturkraft: Architecture and Nature – Inspiring Interaction
People learn best with practical learning experiences. According to this motto, the Naturkraft theme park on the west coast of Denmark impresses with its unique architecture that makes nature tangible.
Futuristic Building with Texlon® ETFE Building Envelope
A 628 meter long wall surrounds the entertainment park. Following the form of the wall, there stands a futuristic building at the west side. With a height of about 15 meters, the Texlon® ETFE cladding allows visitors a great view over the whole area. This is where we helped to create an unforgettable learning environment for all visitors with our Texlon® ETFE building envelope.
The building houses a museum that introduces the public to the forces and power of nature. It provides an inspiring space for learning and reflection. Further, visitors will find a little shop, a restaurant, and restrooms in the Texlon® ETFE cladded building.
Feeling nature is the common theme that is felt as you navigate through Naturkraft. Whether it is an impressive storm simulator, or the real patter of rain on the museum roof – you can hear and feel nature everywhere. This is all a huge bonus, which brings more attention to our environment. The park, and especially the building, give a great sensation of light and sound. The enclosed arena-like area of Naturkraft is not only interesting for families, but for all nature enthusiasts.
An elaborate architecture of a building and landscape awaits. Created by architects Hune & Elkjær with design leading of Thøgersen & Stouby, they deliver recognizable experiences. They bring people back to the park time and again. Our Texlon® ETFE building envelope plays a part in contributing to visitors’ comfort and satisfaction as well.
|Architects||Hune & Elkjær, Design leading: Thøgersen &Stouby|
Images Copyright: Vector Foiltec
Texlon® ETFE Considers Isolation and Sunlight Reflection
Vector Foiltec engineered the Texlon® ETFE system for the facade. The U-value and g-value were important calculations while designing. They were necessary performance criteria that the client requested. At first glance these calculations seemed challenging but were easily executed with our ETFE system.
Our cushion system, combined with a dedicated printing technology on the upper ETFE layer, an ideal combination was created. This allows visitors to feel comfortable inside the building. This also affects the aesthetic and thermal performance of the Texlon® system for the building. Further, the silver print is only located on the outer layer of the system. This was done to ensure the overall transparency of the roof, in an effort to keep the views from the inside, thus enhancing visitors’ satisfaction.
An Interplay of Artificial and Natural Light Creates Unforgettable Impressions
Particularly impressive is the interplay from the automated artificial light system, with the light that the Texlon® ETFE system lets through. A very high amount of natural light comes through, allowing for a low amount of artificial light. This creates a comfortable atmosphere, plus it saves electricity. At the same time, this helps to blur the transition from indoor and outdoor experiences for visitors with the right amount of light.
Withstand Wind Forces
The innate toughness, high tear resistance and unique elastic properties of Texlon® ETFE, mean that this technology is particularly suited for applications where large deflections may be anticipated. Therefore, the design and engineering of the building envelope are designed to withstand the wind forces of the Danish west coast.
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