Thursday, 12 April 2012

Levolux weaves its magic in Threadneedle Street

Designed by Eric Parry Architects to offer a five star working environment in central London, 60 Threadneedle Street is a striking 10 storey office building, with its imposing curved exterior, floor to ceiling glazing and a host of energy saving features, including a comprehensive Solar Shading solution from Levolux. The building provides more than 18,000 m2 of highly desirable office space.

Levolux provided an extensive range of products which combine to deliver the perfect blend of form and function. The bespoke solution, comprising aerofoil-shaped Screening Louvres, Ventilation Louvres, High Performance Ventilation Louvres, Photovoltaic (PV) integrated Glass Fins and Internal Roller Blinds perform a vital role in improving the building's energy efficiency.

A series of vertically stacked, horizontal 75mm deep High Performance Ventilation Louvres, were installed at roof level to screen and ventilate each of the building’s service risers. Patented, high performance “S” profile louvres prevent water ingress and have an integral mesh panel which provides a physical barrier to birds and insects.

Ventilation Louvres, with the same “S” profile, were also incorporated at roof level to create a seamless, 4 metre high by 123 metre long, ventilated enclosure which conceals unsightly plant and equipment. The louvred facade is curved to follow the contours of the building and incorporates sliding and hinged access doors.
 The patented High Performance Ventilation Louvre from Levolux is formed from single-piece extruded aluminium and in independent tests it outperformed all double bank and triple bank louvres (Tested in accordance with EN13030 Edition 5).

The aerodynamic "S" profile louvre can be pitched at 50mm or 75mm, which provides the optimum balance between air flow, visual screening and weatherability.

Like the aerofoil-shaped Screening Louvres, PV integrated Glass Fins and internal Roller Blinds, the Ventilation Louvres installed on this prestigious project are backed by Levolux's design, manufacture and installation package. 

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