Visionary projects can result if you have standout products and the design and technical knowledge of a good glazing specialist on hand - as these 3 case studies prove
For decades, leading composite window manufacturer Velfac has worked closely with architects to help them translate ambitious ideas into buildings people are happy to live and work in.
Its iconic windows and doors, design knowledge and technical expertise support the delivery of visionary projects in every sector, from healthcare to education and private homes to major residential developments.
Velfac aims to enable architectural excellence in every project by emphasising natural light, fresh air and a healthy indoor climate. Here are three examples.
1. Frederika Bremergymnasiet, Sweden
At this vocational training college plentiful daylight is part of the project’s environmental philosophy. Large Velfac triple glazed windows are installed across the building and around the entrance where they frame views of the nearby park. ‘This creates a peaceful outlook and a fluid transition between the concrete, glass and steel interior and the external landscape,’ says architect Ludmila Choumakova of Cedervall Arkitekter. ‘I wanted an airy, light-filled atmosphere and a balance between the raw building materials and the soft greenery beyond. Slim-framed windows, with minimal sightlines and uniform profiles, provide the solution.’
2. Children’s Home of the Future, Denmark
This is a landmark project that reworks familiar domestic motifs - pitched roofs and gable profiles - to create a homely, non-institutional environment for children and teenagers. Daylight is carefully controlled throughout the building by using Velfac triple glazed windows, chosen for their slim and uniform sightlines and environmental credentials. ‘The different positions and shapes of the windows represent a simple way of varying the facade expression,’ explains Mikkel Frost, founding partner of architects CEBRA. ‘The windows feature clear lacquered timber sills, which provide a warm aesthetic, and Bordeaux-coloured external frames to match tiles on the outer wall. Details like these highlight the importance of giving children a proper environment for their everyday lives.’
3. Zenhusen, Sweden
This residential scheme in Stockholm by CF Møller is part of a large urban redevelopment programme that is transforming the city’s former harbours and nearby industrial areas. When developing Zenhusen, architect and project team member Bo Lindberg welcomed Velfac expertise and advice. ‘We worked with simple geometric forms so it was important that the design did not look clumsy. The large glass elements and slim window frames allowed us to open up the facade. Velfac helped by advising on technical issues, including how best to incorporate the steel reinforcement elements that were built into the window sections.’
5 reasons architects choose Velfac
- Composite frame Natural wood combined with durable aluminium
- Slim frames and uniform sightlines Maximum daylight, minimalist facades
- Low U-values Triple glazing at 0.8W/m2K already meets the Future Homes Standard
- Environmentally conscious design 93 per cent recyclable window units
- Expert technical and design consultancy... at every project stage
For more information and technical support, visit velfac.co.uk