img(height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=2939831959404383&ev=PageView&noscript=1")

Affordable design freedom

Schueco launches Parametic system that makes the exciting possibilities of parametric facades an affordable proposition

In association with

While the design opportunities presented by Parametric 3D facades have long been seen as excitingly radical, the exorbitant cost of the one-off special solutions required to realise them has prevented their breaking out into the architectural mainstream. The full-scale commercial launch of Schueco’s new parametric offering is set to change all that.

Using Schueco’s Parametric system, 3D facades can, for the first time, be designed as straight forward system solutions whose cost can be calculated with the certainty of a series product. Suddenly, all the possibilities inherent in the parametric concept become not impossibly expensive dreams, but eminently achievable goals.

Like all Schueco systems, the new Parametric facade is highly insulated with Uf values down to 0.5 W/m2K; the surface elements are transparent or opaque and sunlight and shading, guided views and daylight optimisation can be used as active design factors. The system can also accommodate solar energy generation by means of BIPV panels.

A central element of the Schueco Parametric solution is the continuous, closed digital process chain that operates in all phases of design, planning and fabrication, with the proven Schueco modular system forming the basis for individual designs of facade modules. The result is that interface problems become a thing of the past and a uniform, consistent data model for everyone involved in the process is guaranteed.

123

The 3D geometry of the individual parametric modules consists of linear single bars and their connecting node points which can be adjusted dynamically around six basic geometrical shapes, four rectangular and two triangular, with unit dimensions up to 1500mm x 4000mm. This arrangement achieves the highest possible level of design flexibility while also delivering planning reliability.

Schueco planning tools mean that geometrically complex shapes are progressively simplified during planning; establishing rules and connections between individual design elements enables changes to be made more swiftly. This is important because a design that includes, for instance, optimised daylight conditions, sound reduction and protection against unwanted sunlight can quickly become exceedingly complex as the number of individual facade elements increase.

The impressive power of Schueco’s parametric planning tools is evidenced by the extraordinary amount of detailing time they can save. As an example, instead of the 24 hours per unit that is currently the norm, use of SchüCAD Inventor reduces the time per unit to a scarcely believable eight minutes.

SchüCAD Inventor is just one of a number of intelligent plug-ins that can be swiftly incorporated into the planning environment of any architectural practice. They can be exchanged and edited allowing individual units, unit groups or even complete facades to be modified manually or automatically, depending on external input values eg from a building simulation.

123

The module geometries developed during the initial design phase are imported and augmented in a series of steps: first, all the necessary system components, component geometries and processes are generated automatically using defined parametric data models. A systematic plausibility check ensures the quality of the model created, which then forms the basis for further steps including the use of Schueco software components SchüCAL and SchüCAM.

The final step includes the calculation, ordering, fabrication, installation planning and CNC machining: these operations are carried out without any interface problems or loss of data using the familiar, system-optimised Schueco software tools.

For more information and technical support visit: www.schueco.co.uk

 

Contact:

mkinfobox@schueco.com


 

Latest

Office designs of the future will need to foster collaboration while controlling noise reverberation and voice projection. They will also require adaptable, easily reconfigured layouts

Office of the future must control noise reverberation and voice projection

Innovative product significantly reduces thermal bridging in masonry cavity walls and is 35 per cent lighter than traditional alternatives for easier installation on site

Innovative product minimises thermal bridging in masonry cavity walls

Carmody Groarke has transformed a dingy disused railway viaduct into an atmospheric new gallery for Manchester’s science museum

Disused railway viaduct reborn as atmospheric gallery

Latest ACM-clad housing block fire sparks fury at inadequate action post-Grenfell. Plus Urban Splash saves Brick by Brick, Caruso St John goes neoclassical and how much concrete does a temporary pavilion need?

Residential tower fire highlights inaction and cost contradictions

The iD Inspiration range uses the latest image capture technology and a pioneering surface treatment to bring high definition stone textures and wood grains to luxury vinyl tiles

iD Inspiration: High definition stone and wood effects on luxury vinyl tiles