Koltay starts ambitious facades project

Date: 17 December 2012

Embarking on its first design project in Dubai, the AED40m ($10.89m) research and production facility for Pharmax Pharmaceuticals, Koltay Facades is ready to deliver something that is “interesting, new and unusual”, says eponymous founder Agnes Koltay.

The facade engineering consultancy firm has been subcontracted by UAE-based architect Tarek Qaddumi to lend its expertise to the project at Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park.Declining to reveal the value of the contract signed with Qaddumi, Koltay explained the scope of the work.“It includes expert and independent technical advice on facade materials, facade systems, review of the modulation," she said."We define and specify the required performances of the enclosure - solar, thermal, visual, etcetera, - provide preliminary engineering assessment.We give detailing and specification, supporting the architect from schematic stage to tender documents.”

Koltay said the project timeline is on “tight programme” but the firm is “intensively looking at the many different options” for what will be a striking translucent box, breaking the traditional black box mould of pharmaceutical plants.

The 8,360m2 project is expected to be completed over the next two years and will become the new headquarters building for Pharmax.

“Finding the most optimal solution for a cost-efficient facade that performs well in the harsh hot local climate and delivers the targeted aesthetics of a glowing translucent box needs some time,” said Koltay. “The facade is aimed to be something interesting, new, unusual, if the budget allows.”

“Once again we are seeing how the Middle East is at the forefront of integrated building design, and the advanced application of glazing techniques” says Derek Burston, exhibition director, Gulf Glass 2013.

“Next year’s event, the first time the show will have been located in Dubai, will be the largest gathering of glass professionals the region has seen, and also the only solely-focused glass event for all of MENA.”

To take advantage of the marketing opportunities available at the event, contact Derek Burston on des@gattacaltd.com.

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