The owner of the building, DB Station & Service AG, has entrusted the modernization of the station, a partially protected historic monument, to the renowned British architect Lord Norman Foster of Thames Bank. Foster will combine the station's historic character with modern functional architecture in order to create a bright, friendly atmosphere for the roughly 70,000 people who visit the station daily.
The glass fabric membrane used in this project is from Verseidag-Indutex GmbH, and mass-produced by Skyspan GmbH (Europe). The membranes consist of coated glass fabric with a tensile strength of up to several tons per square inch, while weighing only four ounces per square foot.
The use of Dyneon PTFE and Dyneon Fluoroplastics provide the membranes with the unique properties necessary for their robust use in architecture. The surface of the coating is very smooth and has a long-lasting resistance to varied weather conditions. Dyneon PTFE possesses a nearly universal chemical stability and good mechanical properties.
"We see that over the long term, fluoroplastics are an economical raw material for membrane coatings," said Helmut Frisch, product-group manager at Dyneon. "Their use provides for increased aesthetics and overall return on investment."
Dyneon, a 3M company, is one of the world's leading fluoropolymer producers with operations or representation in more than 50 countries. Headquartered in Oakdale, Minn., the company employs more than 800 people globally who are dedicated to customer service, technical and sales support, marketing, research application development, and production.
For more information, contact Doug Chirhart, Dyneon LLC, 651/736.9241.