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Polycarbonate for Interiors: 8 Examples of Translucent Architecture Indoors

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Diversifying the materials of an interior space can greatly improve its depth and visual interest. At the same time, adding partitions or other delineations of internal space can help organize flow, circulation, and visibility. Polycarbonate, a type of lightweight, durable thermoplastic, is an excellent medium for both functions.

In its raw form, polycarbonate is completely transparent, transmitting light with nearly the same efficacy as glass. However, it is also lighter and stronger than glass and tougher than other similar plastics such as acrylic, polystyrene, ABS, or nylon, making it a good choice for designers seeking durable, impact and fire resistant materials that still transmit light. Like glass, it is a natural UV filter and can be colored or tinted for translucency, yet it is also prized for its flexibility, allowing it to be shaped into any size or shape. Finally, it is easily recyclable because it liquefies rather than burning, making it at least more environmentally friendly than other thermoset plastics. For example, recycled polycarbonate can be chemically reacted with phenol in a recycling plant to produce monomers that can be turned back into plastic.

Tianjing Zarsion Exhibition Center / Ruf Architects

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  • Architects: Ruf Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  450
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Xiake Island Eco City Exhibition Center / SHUISHI

aerial view. Image © Yijie Husuper haning space. Image © Yijie HuLightweight Glass Contrasts with GRC in Texture. Image © Yijie HuGRC Penetration in the Bottom Space. Image © Yijie Hu+ 37

Wuxi, China
  • Architects: SHUISHI
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2800
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: "山东亚泰新材料科技有限公司, 中国南玻集团股份有限公司, 倍立达

A House within Thirteen Steps / Limu Design Studio

Master bedroom view Rammed earth wall extend to the master bedroom Watch outside kitchen from inside kitchenInteraction between mezzanine and master bedroom + 47

  • Architects: Limu Design Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  34
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: 天格, 恒洁, 慧科技, 旭格, 海福乐, +1

L&M Design Lab's Office / L&M Design Lab

half lobby wine cabinet. Image © Yijie Huhalf lobby connecting with the terrace. Image © Yijie Huhalf lobby at the entrance. Image © Yijie Huthe corridor connecting the second terrace. Image © Yijie Hu+ 17

  • Interior Designers: L&M Design Lab
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: KCC, HiPaint, Rufflette

Champion Center / Atelier Z+

north elevation. Image © Yijie Hubirdview. Image © Yijie Hueast elevation. Image © Yijie Hueast elevation. Image © Yijie Hu+ 47

  • Architects: Atelier Z+
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  48639
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016

Montessori Kindergarten in Xiamen / L&M Design

Atrium. Image © Yijie Hu
Atrium. Image © Yijie Hu

Children Running for the Slide. Image © Yijie HuGrass Slopes and Sand Pools under the Atrium. Image © Yijie HuSpiraling Stairs. Image © Yijie HuCozy Classrooms with Light from Both Sides. Image © Yijie Hu+ 39

  • Interior Designers: L&M Design
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  5000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

Xingshe Public Toilets / COBBLESTONE DESIGN CANADA

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  3169
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Apple Tree, Beijing Qianjian Building Decoration Engineering, Beijing Tianheng Construction Group, Beijing Tianheng Construction Group co.LTD

Zhengzhou Jianye Football Town Tourist Center / SHUISHI

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Zhengzhou, China
  • Architects: SHUISHI
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2725
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: HENAN ZHONGBO GLASS CO.LTD, Zhengzhou IceSnow Construction Engineering Co., Ltd.

CIFI Tianing Park Mansion / W&R Group

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Changzhou, China
  • Architects: W&R GROUP
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2600
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Beijing Daxing Park / COBBLESTONE DESIGN CANADA

大兴, China
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  141456
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: 上海九得, 上海国康

Haiyue Community Cultural Center / L&M DESIGN LAB

Bird's Eye View of the Community Cultural Center. Image © Yijie HuCourtyard Space. Image © Yijie HuThe Handing Method of the Eaves and the Courtyard Softens the Original Sea Breeze . Image © Yijie HuRain Alley. Image © Yijie Hu+ 20

  • Architects: L&M DESIGN LAB
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1257
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: 坚美&诺托, 浩东木化石

Tencent Seafront Towers Interior Design / B+H Architects

Knowledge Link Atrium. Image © Yijie Hu
Knowledge Link Atrium. Image © Yijie Hu

Knowledge Link Atrium. Image © Yijie HuKnowledge Link Juice Bar. Image © Yijie HuBilliards Room. Image © Yijie HuHealth Link Atrium. Image © Yijie Hu+ 27

  • Architects: B+H Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  80000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: BISAZZA 碧莎, 亨特道格拉斯, 杜邦, 飞利浦

Machinery Park Headquarters / Shanghai Yushe architectural design

Modern Style three-section Facade Proportion. Image © Yijie HuLobby. Image © Yijie HuSide of the Building. Image © Yijie HuBuilding under Light. Image © Yijie Hu+ 15

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  12000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Flamed surface with giallo cecilia, Sunshine, Taibo

L&M DESIGN LAB Shanghai Office / L&M DESIGN LAB

“Silvery vortex” resembles time tunnel. Image © Yijie Hu
“Silvery vortex” resembles time tunnel. Image © Yijie Hu

Entrance with strong sense of direction. Image © Yijie HuNight view of the studio. Image © Yijie HuThe “magic belt” that connects north and south sides of the room. Image © Yijie HuVibrant sunroom on south side. Image © Yijie Hu+ 28

  • Architects: L&M DESIGN LAB
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  70
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: 万家灯饰, 摩根智能家居, 海福乐

Home of Pets / HDD

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  • Architects: HDD
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  48
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: 上海沪佳建筑装饰, 上海金容广告传媒有限公司, 东鹏洁具, 东鹏瓷砖, 公牛装饰开关, 公牛爱眼LED灯, +1