Two façade systems win Gold at the iF Design Awards

Date: 14 March 2016
Source: Schüco International KG
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Schüco International KG
Bielefeld. At the end of February 2016, Schüco International KG received two of the renowned Gold iF Design Awards.  The winners were the innovative and aesthetically outstanding Schüco Parametric System and Schüco FWS 60 CV façade systems.

The internationally-recognised iF Design Award has been presented since 1960. This year there were over 5000 entries. 75 of these received the highest accolade from the top-class international jury.

Receiving the iF Gold Award 2016:

(from left to right) Peter Molitor, Faye Wegener and Hendrik Pahlsmeyer (Schüco), Michael Pelzer (FAT LAB), Tobias Sander (Schüco) and Professor Andreas Fuchs (FAT LAB)

Winner of the iF Gold Award 2016:

Schüco Parametric System

Schüco Parametric System

Experts praised the three-dimensional free-form Schüco Parametric System façade solution in particular for its uncompromising implementation. "The system offers the utmost flexibility and innovative ideas when designing glazed façades. The state-of-the-art façade system impresses with outstanding material quality, the greatest precision and high-quality fabrication in each individual detail."

The Schüco Parametric System, which was developed together with the research platform FAT LAB in Stuttgart founded by Professor Andreas Fuchs, enables three-dimensional free-form façades to be constructed. In the process, the entire value added chain is digitalised, from the initial design and detailed planning to implementation in production and on the building site. This is based on a library of "intelligent" façade modules which are available as plug-ins for CAD programs and are continually being further developed. All units can be combined as desired and designed parametrically as early as the planning stage. The Initial Type Testing for the technical feasibility is carried out in parallel with this so that architects are always able to develop their creativity with planning security.

Winner of the iF Gold Award 2016:

Schüco FWS 60 CV

Schüco Façade FWS 60 CV

The jury of experts was unanimous in awarding Gold for the second Schüco prize. "With this system solution, aesthetics and technology merge in perfect symbiosis. The high level of transparency in this system for floor-to-ceiling window glazing is utterly spectacular. Thanks to the reduction of the frame profile, the glazing and window vent create a uniform look that enriches any architecture. This is a complex yet extremely successful contribution that has won over the entire jury."

The Schüco Façade FWS 60 CV is a new, slimline generation of ribbon windows with optimised sound reduction and thermal insulation. The visual fusion of vent and load-bearing structure creates an aesthetic for traditional floor-to-ceiling ribbon windows and punched openings that has never been seen before. This is because the fixed lights and opening units are no longer distinguishable from the outside – and this is with a face width of just 60 mm. Fabricators also profit from a range of improvements, particularly in terms of convenience during fabrication and installation as well as the fittings which are based on the Schüco SimplySmart modular system and use a large number of identical parts. Furthermore, there is a complete system for attachment to the building structure which optimises thermal insulation and drainage.

Schüco – System solutions for windows, doors and façades

Together with its worldwide network of partners, architects, specifiers and investors, Schüco creates sustainable building envelopes that focus on people and their needs in harmony with nature and technology. Metal and PVC-U window, door and façade solutions from Schüco meet the highest requirements in terms of design, comfort and security. At the same time, CO2 emissions are reduced through energy efficiency, thereby conserving natural resources. The company delivers tailored products for newbuilds and renovations, designed to meet individual user needs in all climate zones. Everyone involved is supported with a comprehensive range of services at every stage of the construction process. With 4800 employees and 12,000 partner companies, Schüco is active in more than 80 countries and achieved a turnover of 1.425 billion euros in 2014. For more information, visit www.schueco.com

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