3 Innovative Building Materials shaping the Future of Architecture

12 June 2017 Kingspan Group
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Architects have always been pushing the boundaries of design and innovation.

However, they wouldn’t be able to do so without the constant development of new building materials, systems and technologies that make what once seemed impossible a reality.

1. ETFE making the future bright for Bayern

Sports stadiums are notorious for their statement design and standing out from the surroundings. However, they must also have world class facilities as well as being comfortable and safe for spectators.
Allianz Arena in Munich, the home of Bayern Munich, is one stadium in particular where striking features and function are not comprimised.
Sunlight is essential for the growth of natural turf in the stadium, but because Munich is located at high latitude, the sun slants through the arena. Therefore, a material that could protect the 75,000 spectators from the elements, but still allow the penetration of sunlight in order to help the turf grow was needed.
Architects enlisted the help of ETFE, a plastic usually found in air and spacecraft to meet the needs of the stadium.
ETFE resins are resistant to ultraviolet light, which protects the fans in the stadium from the sun. The light transmission of ETFE is more than 90%, which invites the natural light to the turf in the stadium, helping it to thrive.

2. Accoya is making waves in Copenhagen

Aesthetics are key for architects choosing buildings materials, but so too is durability. This is particularly important in countries with harsher climates.
The recently opened Royal Arena in Copenhagen is both elegant and eye-catching due to the wave-like, round design. However  architects also wanted to ensure it would stand the test of time, and there’s no better test than a bitter, Danish winter.
Accoya, the ‘super wood’ was used on the façade to create fins. These contributed to the wave-like design and the wood gave the building a natural and warm look.
Accoya lasts longer than unmodified wood due to an innovative process that improves the cell structure to make it stronger and more durable.

3. Abu Dhabi Airport off to a flying start with KingZip

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As architects continue to innovate and create imaginative designs, they expect more from their products. Flexibility and efficiency are often top of their list of the requirements.
Currently Abu Dhabi is transforming the desert into the ‘Garden of the Gulf’. A key first step is Abu Dhabi International Airport. As passengers land in the Midfield Terminal in Abu Dhabi they will be struck by the creative but complicated curved roof.
Architects needed materials that would meet the requirements for the complex design when speed and flexibility are also key.  KingZip SF by Kingspan was used and manufactured on-site.
The increased speed of construction will help Abu Dhabi meet its 2030 transformation plan.
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