Holscot was recently proud to be invited to the grand opening of the “Green Embassy” in Aarhus, Denmark, as part of the celebrations moving towards the European Capital of Culture next year. The Embassy promotes growing and cooking locally sourced food and will be open to the public for the next 2 years. The Green Embassy, located in the centre of the city, has been built using 40 of Holscot’s double skinned ETFE panels, making the most of their high transparency, light weight and thermal performance. This has been combined with a curved glulam structure and willow shading which has been clad on the exterior for solar shading and security.
40 ETFE panels
The 40 ETFE panels were constructed using Holscot’s specially designed 16mm aluminium extrusion and were unique due to their individual shapes and angles which presented Holscot with many challenges during the manufacturing process. The solution was found by using laser cut mitred corners and Holscot’s proprietary mechanical fixings on the frame. The ETFE was welded using Holscot’s exclusive welding techniques which have been the mainstay of the business for over 40 years. The tension on the ETFE across the panel was created by giving the film a heat shrink memory to ensure the Fluoropolymer remained tight on the frames no matter what the prevailing conditions.
The overall effect of the structure is very striking and it achieves its goal of creating a delightful social space in the centre of Aarhus. The internal space maintains a good temperature and receives substantial light due to the benefits of the ETFE panels.