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A PTFE membrane for remarkable architecture

Beijing is home to one of the Serge Ferrari group’s latest feats. In Changping to be exact, where you will find the Taikang residence, an exceptional living environment featuring fluid and organic architecture designed for the elderly.
A PTFE membrane for remarkable architecture
A PTFE membrane for remarkable architecture

Conceived as an island of well-being and serenity, with an emphasis on outdoor spaces and in perfect harmony with its surroundings, the building is crowned by a roof covered with an illuminated textile envelope that appears to float in the sky, like a drop of water.

An architectural design and technology project

Designed by Serge Ferrari, a world leader in innovative composite fabrics, this 9500 m² high-tech PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) membrane incorporates an innovative lighting system consisting of 6,000 lights. The reflective properties of the PTFE membrane amplify light transmission, making this unique visual effect possible.

A lightweight, high-performance composite fabric

Fireproof, waterproof, lightweight, and resistant to traction and tearing, Ferrari’s GF-6006 fabric can take on unique shapes — such as a manta ray floating mid-water, as is the case here — ensuring effective protection of the living environment from the elements. Thanks to the translucent fabric, the building can take full advantage of natural light during the day. 

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