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General information

  • Location address
  • Location country
  • Function of building
  • Degree of enclosure
    Fully enclosed structure
  • Climatic zone
    Temperate - cold winters and mild summers
  • Number of layers
  • Type of application of the membrane
  • Primary function of the tensile structure
    • Rain protection
    • Sun protection
    • Thermal insulation


Due to the change to full-day operation, there was a requirement to extend the area of the Max-Planck-Gymnasium. In addition to all of the required functionality, the school management also paid particular attention to provide a high atmospheric quality for abidance for scholars and teachers. Initially, a new construction was considered, but the possibility of using the old building structure was soon recognized to cover the existing inner courtyard of 1.200m2 ). An open and communicative room was provided using a new transparent ETFE foil roof, which offered large potential regarding efficiency and also architecturally. The school facilities, such as refectory, kiosk, library and all-day rooms in the form of coloured building cubes were situated under the new roof with sufficient space. In addition to the enormous gain in area for utilization the heating requirement was also significantly reduced, due to the light and UV permeability, as well as the pneumatic construction of the ETFE construction.

Description of the environmental conditions

Material of the cover

  • Cable-net/Fabric/Hybrid/Foil
  • Material Fabric/Foil

Main dimensions and form

  • Covered surface (m2)

Duration of use

  • Temporary or permanent structure

Involved companies