Zestful solar protection
Colt International has created a customized façade louver system for the Fanuc Academy in Neuhausen in South Germany.
Shadoglass is a fixed or controllable external glass louvre solar shading system that may be installed either vertically or horizontally in front of the façade or on the roof. It is also suitable either as a primary or secondary facade element for ventilation. A Shadoglass system can reduce solar heat gain, lower air conditioning running costs whilst maximising the use of natural daylight. Shadoglass is well suited to many different applications, from façades to glazed roofs. The louvre spans depends on structural considerations and the type of louvre blade selected.
-A wide range of louvres: Shadoglass louvres are available in various colours, surface finishes and coatings to meet specific design requirements. Depending on the chosen type of glass, frit or film, light and radiation transmission can be accurately achieved for every specific application. Photovoltaic cells may be integrated so as to obtain further energy benefits.
-A wide range of carrier systems: The various Shadoglass carrier systems are suited for use with glass, metal, fabric, wood, terracotta clay and translucent acrylic louvres, as well as photovoltaic cells.
-Flexible controls: Shadoglass shading systems are operated by linear actuators that have the capability to operate complete facades. A series of louvres are attached to a system of levers and push rods which link them to a control system. The louvres may be fixed at any angle and can rotate under motorised control within a range of up to 110⁰.
-Robust: Shadoglass is made from high grade aluminium and stainless steel. The system is designed to compensate for thermal expansion.
-Design service: Colt provides a pre-order design service. Please contact Colt for more information relating to the application, specification, installation or servicing of Shadoglass systems.
All pictures: „Lamellenhaus“, Nycomed GmbH, Konstanz; photos © Tanfik Kenan
Architects: Petzinka Pink Architekten, Düsseldorf