High-performance microclimatic façades
The Arena da Juventude will host the basketball and modern pentathlon’s fencing events.
With a ground-floor surface area of 14,300 m2 (some 153,900 sq ft) and a capacity of 5,000 people, the building was designed by Vigliecca & Associados to achieve 100% natural cooling, using blinds with adjustable slats, ventilation windows and a canopy to reduce exposure to direct sunlight.
The East and West façades are fitted with a metal structure that supports a Soltis FT 381 microclimatic membrane, metal-coloured on the outside and black on the inside, to provide an aesthetically pleasing solution for thermal insulation.
The membrane has a screening effect, blocking sunlight and heat, thereby providing great thermal comfort, and reducing the amount of light permeating through the façade without lowering visibility inside.
The membranes were fitted onto FACID frames, developed in Germany and manufactured