Following the recent successful launch of Kestrel Aluminium Systems’ Flat Rooflight, the company are continuing to roll out their new product development portfolio, with their latest addition aimed at truly bringing light into living.
The project - a collaboration between SOM’s architecture, structural engineering, and interior teams - was led by their London office, but involved expertise from SOM offices in New York and Chicago, along with architects on site in Geneva throughout construction.
Solarban® 70XL glass was specified for 1 BNC Center for more than aesthetic reasons. With a visible light transmittance of 64 percent, Solarban® 70XL glass provides the sustainable attributes to help sustain “sky gardens” at opposite corners of the building.
The tower features an innovative curtain wall which dresses every apartment in floor-to-ceiling low-iron glass, set within a ventilated cavity to house full-height glazing, allowing unimpeded views over London, while enhancing the project’s sustainability credentials.
While the primary function of glass as a building material is to blur boundaries and harness natural light, its diverse implementations in buildings globally, has reiterated its immense potential in being a material that is loved by architects and designers.
The Station Hotel in Prahran’s Greville Street was a favourite watering hole and stay-over for generations. Its recent revision by architects Interlandi Mantesso sees 41 apartments rise discretely behind the classic Victorian pub facade and an uber-cool, bespoke, Viridian glass shell.
The evaluation of adaptive facades presents a challenge because there is no established evaluation strategy to systematically reach this goal and many of the available façade performance evaluation tools have limited applicability for such advanced building facades.
For a period of time now the use of Double-Skin Facades have increased due to their relevant usage and profit with respect to their possession of increased energy efficiency and daylighting improvement.
Full glass structures can appear to be practically invisible and the observer experiences the wonderful sensation of seeing a floating, weightless and totally transparent structure, as if it‘s almost not there.