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Koba Patisserie

Article: Dayne Scrowther
Design + Construction By Mugo Design + Build
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Bringing natural daylight into a restaurant or coffee shop can greatly enhance the ambiance and overall customer experience. The recently opened ‘KOBA’ coffee shop in Addis Ababa is a prime example of this, featuring a cutting-edge roofing system supplied by the global leader in translucent panel technology, DANPAL.

The Danpal Roofing System, comprised of Danpalon panels extruded as 16mm thick and 900mm wide, was the perfect solution for the ‘KOBA’ project. The panels, which come in 12m lengths and are trimmed to the correct length for the project, are connected along each length using DANPAL’s unique double-click connector system. This means that when connected, the panels form a complete weather barrier, allowing for thermal expansion and void of any holes drilled into the panels.

One of the key features of the Danpalon panels is the internal structure known as the micro-cell. Comprised of flute-like channels that run the length of the panel, this structure provides superior u-value insulation compared to any traditional roofing product. This means that no matter the weather, sun, rain, wind etc, the Danpalon is the perfect performer.

The ‘KOBA’ project was supplied with Danpalon panels in a color called ‘Reflective Grey,’ a high-performance color + finish combo that allows light transmission of 18% and a SHGC of 0.29. The result is a coffee shop interior that is calm, comfortable, sophisticated, and of high quality. The natural light transmitted through the panels creates a warm and inviting atmosphere, while the reflective grey finish gives the space a modern and sleek feel.
DANPAL’s tagline, “DANPAL Light Architecture – Design with Light” is perfectly embodied in the ‘KOBA’ project. The entire roof acts as a skylight, controlled soft and welcoming natural light, the beauty of DANPAL roofing system. The company’s polycarbonate-based translucent panels, called Danpalon, are part of full-system solutions that include all the aluminum framing elements to allow them to work successfully as full Facade, Roofing, Cladding, and Shading solutions.

In Ethiopia, DANPAL is represented by The Mayamin Group based in Addis Ababa. The company regularly interacts with and supplies support for architects, project managers, property owners, and property developers who are looking for cutting-edge, energy-efficient solutions for their building projects.

Overall, the ‘KOBA’ project is a simple yet elegant example of DANPAL’s expertise in creating innovative and sustainable building solutions. If you’re an architect, project manager, property owner, or property developer looking for a similar solution for your next project, don’t hesitate to visit DANPAL’s website at www.danpal.com or contact The Mayamin Group to find out more. The company’s products are designed to be energy-efficient, sustainable, and easy to install, and can help you create a beautiful and functional space that is both energy-efficient and sustainable. //

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