Friday, 5 July 2013

Levolux applies cool science

For the worldwide headquarters of a leading global software company, modern design was of paramount importance. Clean lines of a structural glass façade overlooking an adjacent lake provided an attractive, refreshing outlook, while a solar shading solution from Levolux provided the control of light, glare and solar heat gain.

Designed by Michael Aukett Architects, the two storey headquarters for TTPCom, a world leading software development company based in Hertfordshire, would need to maximise outward views across a lake whilst maintaining a light, airy and modern working environment. A full-height glass façade would deliver the spectacular views, but this alone would increase the risk of excessive solar heat gain, particularly in the summer.

To provide employees with protection from solar heat gain whilst retaining uninterrupted views over the landscaped grounds and lake, a solution that would control the elements without impairing the view was required.

Levolux's Aerofoil Fins provided the control required, reducing the need for air conditioning, whilst enhancing the architectural appearance of the building. The company also demonstrated that it could design a series of manual and motorised internal roller blinds to further control light, glare and privacy within the building.
To provide a seamless integration with the main structure of the building, Levolux worked closely with the architects and main contractor ISG, to develop a special curved front nosing for the supporting arms and structure of the solar shading canopy which runs the entire length of the south side of the building.

The 300mm wide Aerofoil Fins, each formed from a single-piece extruded aluminium section, were then mounted into the support structure. The completed array of horizontal Fins blends into the building, creating a canopy that reduces the glare from the sun and significantly reduces solar heat gain within the building. Most importantly, the view of the lake has not been impaired in any way.
Internally, Levolux manufactured and installed motorised Roller Blinds for the south-facing glass façade and manual Roller Binds for the remaining internal and external windows, allowing occupants to control light and glare levels, and satisfying privacy requirements when required.

The company also provided its VLS Ventilation Louvres, which feature an attractive 'S' profile and hidden fixings, creating a continuous, uninterrupted facade which surrounds two roof based plant areas.
Virtually maintenance free, the application of fixed Aerofoil Fins is equally effective on new build and refurbishment projects, adding a fresh dimension to a building’s character and providing vital control of light, glare and solar heat gain. In addition to single-piece Fins which can be fixed, or operable, with the option of fully automated controls, Levolux also offers its Infiniti Fin system, which creates continuous, uninterrupted lines of Fins. 
 
Like all systems from Levolux, the Aerofoil Fins and the internal Roller Blinds are backed with the company’s design, manufacture and installation package and can be produced in a variety of materials and finishes to co-ordinate with the overall architectural design of any building.

For more information, please visit www.levolux.com.

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