Polycarbonate in Architecture: 10 Translucent Solutions

Polycarbonate in Architecture: 10 Translucent Solutions

Composed of microcell panels, polycarbonate offers various solutions for the use of natural lighting in architectural enclosures. Whether applied to facades, interior spaces or roofs, the benefits of polycarbonate, such as lightness, clean lines, colored panels, and light effects, offer a wide range of design freedom. Microcell panel technology reduces the need for artificial light and favors uniformity in the diffusion of natural light, achieving energy efficient facades and the illusion of spaciousness in interior spaces. Below, we've selected 10 projects that have used polycarbonate as a wrapping material.

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Cortesía de Danpal

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Dibujo estándar sistema AIRTP. © Danpal
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Little Big House / Room11 Architects

The lower half of the facade of this house is composed of polycarbonate panels. It uses a metal frame that is aligned with the profiles of its windows. Its use allows the entry of diffused light and spaciousness inside the house.

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© Ben Hosking
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Truck Maintenance Center / Raum

Both the rear enclosure and the second floor of this maintenance center consists of microcell panels. The lines of the panels give a vertical texture that works with the wooden structure proposed by the architects.

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© Audrey Cerdan
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Bavaria Brewery Tocancipá Headquarters Expansion / Construcciones Planificadas

The expansion of this brewery proposes two volumes: a dark one that perches on the base plane and another of white polycarbonate that acts as a lamp, as a symbol of cooking. 

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© Andrés Valbuena
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LBK / Ply Architecture

Polycarbonate translucent honeycombs are used on the terrace decks and in skylights to allow the entry of diffused and harmonious zenithal light.

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© Sam Noonan
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Villacelama Multisport Pavilion / QUIRÓS PRESA

The architects of the project describe it as "a closed pavilion that conserves the sensations of playing outdoors: enjoy natural light, views, and a dilution of the interior-exterior border."

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Casa da Musica / OMA

Casa da Musica uses compact polycarbonate in enclosures of openings and interior spaces. This treatment allows for total transparency by acquiring a glass appearance, high flexibility, and ease of bending.

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© Philippe Ruault
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Property Registration Offices in Vigo / Irisarri + Piñera

This building aims to reflect the changing conditions of society and the environment. To achieve this, it uses energy-efficient polycarbonate as a wrapping material. In winter, the outer skin is permeable to sunlight, and in winter, opaque as a lattice effect.

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Cortesía de Irisarri + Piñera
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Cortesía de Irisarri + Piñera

BBVA BANCOMER Stadium / Populous

The roof of the BBVA stadium is an impressive, 50 meters. The last twelve meters of this flight are covered in polycarbonate, creating a transition of light between the light and dark parts of the interior of the enclosure.

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Cortesía de Populous
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Cortesía de Populous

School Center Lucie Aubrac / Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

The main circulations of this school are accompanied by polycarbonate covers. The idea is to shelter both children and parents in an illuminated yet weather-resistant way.

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Cortesía de Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes
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Cortesía de Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

UTS Blackfriars Children's Center / DJRD + Lacoste + Stevenson

This nursery uses materials that evoke warmth, welcome, and transparency. The facade is a combination of transparent glass with a polycarbonate sheet that is illuminated from the inside.

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© Brett Boardman
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Editor's Note: This article was originally published on November 07, 2018.

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Cite: María Francisca González. "Polycarbonate in Architecture: 10 Translucent Solutions" [Policarbonato en la arquitectura: 10 soluciones térmicas y translúcidas] 05 Jan 2021. ArchDaily. (Trans. Montano, Zoë) Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/905378/polycarbonate-in-architecture-10-translucent-solutions> ISSN 0719-8884

© Brett Boardman

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