Panda House Macau

  • Date
  • 2010
  • Location
  • Macau, Macau
  • Size
  • 1,493 m²
  • Sector
  • Botanic, Zoos
  • Structure
  • Steel
  • Application
  • Facades, Roofs
  • Architect
  • Macau Government


The new Panda House was built on the location of the old Seac Pai Van Park Zoo on the island of Coloane. The architecture of the enclosure was designed to mimic the natural roll of the terrain. It is clad with the highly transparent Texlon® ETFE foils to create an enclosed controllable environment for the pandas that did not require the supply of artificial light.


Texlon® ETFE is highly transparent allowing the pandas, Kai Kai and Xin Xin, to enjoy the natural sunshine while the insulation properties of Texlon® ETFE keep the pavilion at the ideal temperature for the pandas.


The shape of the enclosure is high enough to allow space for the tall vegetation and trees to grow. The printed Texlon® foils provide protection against harmful UV while also offering a high degree of transparency – an important benefit of using Texlon® ETFE for the welfare of animals and plantlife living in such enclosures. With higher light transmission levels than glass, a rainforest environment is emulated with Texlon® ETFE in this tropical biosphere.


Texlon® ETFE foils are incredibly transparent and allow high levels of light transmission into buildings. High levels of visible light and ultraviolet UV-A light are essential for plant growth. They pass unfiltered through Texlon® ETFE – a single layer of 100µm foil allows more than 90% of visible light and 80% of UV-A rays to pass through. This leads to a so-called bactericidal effect of light transmission, a natural phenomenon that kills bacteria, which means that plants thrive as if they were in their natural environment. Another benefit of using Texlon® ETFE foils is that no artificial fertilisers or pesticides are needed for the plants inside the biomes.


With higher transparency and better insulation, Texlon® ETFE is the eco-efficient and panda friendly alternative to glass. Texlon® ETFE is 1% of the weight of glass and therefore requires a far lighter steel structure than its more conventional alternative. Despite this, the material possesses outstanding durability properties, does not degrade under ultraviolet light and is exceptionally long-lasting.



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