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ETFE façade Unilever building, Hamburg | Germany


General information
Location address Strandkai 1 Hamburg
Location country Germany
Function of building Office buildings & congress centres
Type of application of the membrane attached
Primary function of the tensile structure Wind protection
Climatic zone Temperate - cold winters and mild summers
Short description of the project Unilever has moved into its Headquarters for Germany, Austria and Switzerland in Hamburg’s HafenCity.

The office building fulfills the Gold Standard for sustainable building.

The curtain-wall façade consist of 224 panels.
Each single panel forms an independent unit. Basis is a rigid frame of hollow sections which is covered by a cable-supported ETFE-foil.

In total 6.200 m² ETFE-film and 10 km inox-cables are installed.
Description of the environmental conditions The polygonal transparent curtain-wall façade which can be seen from far away prevents unwanted solar application of energy because the so protected shading louvers can be used even with strong wind and sunshine.
Misc. project details
Duration of use
Temporary or permanent structure Permanent
Material of the cover
Cable-net/Textile/Hybrid/Foil Foil
Material Fabric/Foil ETFE-foil
Main dimensions and form
Covered surface (m2) 6200
Involved companies
Architects Behnisch Architekten
Engineers form TL ingenieure für tragwerk und leichtbau gmbh
Suppliers Vector Foiltec GmbH
Editor Bernd Stimpfle
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