Aesthetics from a new angle! A striking membrane façade was erected at a Merck KGaA
technology building in Darmstadt Germany. This convinces not only with design, but also
Looking more closely at this façade, one might think that energy production was in the
foreground. But the project partner, Taiyo Europe and OPVIUS, wanted to shed light on the
superficial architecture with this eye-catching façade. The different forms of the organic solar
cell (OPV) modules have been integrated into the NOWOFLON ETFE film in an artistic and
modern way. So the aesthetics is in the foreground, but at the same time the advantage of
the organic photovoltaic can be used for environmentally friendly energy production.
The entire façade covers an area of approx. 300 m². Distributed on the NOWOFLON ETFE
film, there are 1578 integrated OPV modules, which thus form an effective OPV area. The
individual OPV modules are integrated in the color-printed, semitransparent NOWOFLON
ETFE film and thus create a harmonious and perfectly shaped façade. The necessary
stability and steadfastness is ensured by a steel construction with a newly developed
aluminum frame profile and special comb plates.
To sum up, this is a fascinating project with an innovative step towards the future. Because
finally comes together with ETFE film and OPV, what belongs together.
Functional and creativ planed by architect HENN Berlin, Germany.
The 2018 World Cup in Russia is just around the corner. At the new stadium in Saint Petersburg, we are helping to make this global sporting event a success. The new stadium has a capacity of almost 68,000, three times that of its predecessor. It features a state-of-the-art moving roof that uses a special transparent material: our Nowoflon ET film. This material covers the roof of the stadium and ensures the perfect light and temperature conditions for soccer, even when the roof is closed.
Our EFTE film Nowoflon ET allows light and UV radiation to permeate. It provides non-flammability properties and even cleans itself. Despite its low weight, the material is capable of withstanding heavy loads. Its high durability makes Nowoflon ET a premium product ideal for a prestigious event like the World Cup. In addition, EFTE is fully recyclable, making it easy to dispose of when no longer needed. This ensures that the new stadium is also a sustainable one.
Over half a million square feet of Nowoflon ET film installed
Located on the Baltic Sea, Saint Petersburg has a harsh climate that places high demands on the material. This was taken into account when planning the roof and choosing the material. Nowoflon ET has a thermal service range of -200 to +150°C and a melting point of 265°C. The EFTE cover on the roof of the stadium consists of 96 cushions, with 36 located on the fixed roof section and 60 on the moving section. This called for a lot of EFTE film. To be precise, over half a million square feet of Nowoflon ET film were installed.
When designing the roof, Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa was inspired by a spaceship, which made transparent film the material of choice. Nowoflon ET films are available in almost any color. When designing the correct color gradation, we cooperate closely with architects to ensure the best possible interplay between light and color to create world-class architecture.