Solar control

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Project • By Bruno Gaudin & Virginie Brégal ArchitectesLibraries

Renovation of Bibliothèque Nationale de France

The historical site of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, rue de Richelieu*, has just reopened after ten years of complete renovation by the architects Bruno Gaudin and Virginie Brégal. In the early 2000s, observing this aging edifice led to the inevitable conclusion the site had become obsolete. This included its technical and security installations, the conditions under which the public was received, as well as working conditions and conditions for conservation of the collections. The building no longer fulfilled the role for which it had been designed. A major overhaul had become urgently necessary. And this could no longer be carried out “bit by bit”, as had been done since the late 1950s – period during which Michel Roux-Spitz’s... More
Auckland University Atrium
Auckland University Atrium

Project • By Kaynemaile LtdUniversities

University of Auckland Atrium

Installed to the atrium of a busy inner-city campus Kaynemaile Armour connects two buildings and transforms a previously underused space into a beautiful vibrant meeting area. Spanning three floors and installed as single screens of mesh Kaynemaile Armour gives protection from wind, rain and sun.Spanning three floors gives protection from the wind, rain and sun, creating a beautiful, breathable space in a previously under-used area. More

Project • By Hunter Douglas Architectural USAPassenger Terminals

San Jose Airport Terminal B

Silicon Valley is known for bold ideas, and the expansion of San Jose Mineta International Airport reflects the area's reputation for innovation and technology. From the captivating curves of its perforated metal facade, meant to suggest fiber-optic cable, to the air-conditioned chairs in its gate waiting areas, the $1.8 billion upgrade program - one of the largest design-build contracts ever - has garnered kudos for its forward-thinking and green solutions. Nowhere is this success more evident than in the airport's Terminal B, slated for LEED Silver. Opened late in June 2010, its six new gates are served by an efficient security checkpoint, automated baggage service, and eye-catching shops and restaurants in a soaring concourse with amp... More

Project • By Hunter Douglas Architectural USAUniversities

Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute (Phase 2)

What happens when solar control becomes sculpture-and vice versa? Architects at Gould Evans had just such an opportunity for the second of four buildings that make up Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute. The building's north façade, an entry point for the entire research complex, lies on what will become a major pedestrian path, framing a mall with connections to a light rail station. Seizing the moment, the school set aside a small budget specifically for an artistic gesture at this prominent entrance. From the start, Gould Evans had envisioned an atypical laboratory complex wrapped in glass, observable to the outside world and as bright and open as possible within. This visibility of research also inspired the architect... More

Project • By Hunter Douglas ArchitecturalOffices

IT Building

A new, high-tech occupant - and an innovative ventilated facade system - have reenergized an old industrial complex in the Prague 4 district of the Czech Republic. Renamed and reopened as the Czech Savings Bank's IT building at a cost of about $48.5 million, the highly contemporary building features several upper stories bearing a facade system that is the first of its type in Central Europe. Engineered and supplied by Hunter Douglas Contract, the ventilated facade with integrated solar-control system presents both a state-of-the-art aesthetic and a highly sustainable solution. The multiple-panel metal rainscreen, a QuadroClad system called Perforated MPF, was incorporated on the outside of a glass curtain wall. This solar screen reduces... More