Intelligent, living facades
von | Dec 5, 2011

Vertical, horizontal and sliding blinds as well as louver systems can decisively change the face of a building. Moreover, they can enduringly improve a building's energy balance and (if so desired) can even generate energy by means of photovoltaic modules. At the same time, they enable optimal and thus economic use of daylight and enhance the feelgood factor inside the building.

The Colt company offers highly specialized solutions for solar protection systems and daylight technology for façade structures. Together with the architects and engineers a customized solution is devised for each type of building. The animated façade elements not only have a protective function but also means the architectural appearance of the building can be changed depending on the occasion – it can be rendered more transparent or have a more closed look. There is hardly any limitation to the possible designs and choice of louvers in vertical or horizontal configurations. The Colt product portfolio includes façade elements made of fine extruded metal or perforated metal, with blades made of metal or glass, very colorful blinds. The glass louver system can be expanded to feature photovoltaic elements, thus extending its functional reach.

Folding/Sliding shutters made ​​of perforated aluminum at the Children and Heart Institute in Innsbruck | Architect: Nikl & Partner, Munich | Photo © Stefan Müller-Naumann
This firm headquarter was equipped with a façade solution of sliding shutters. In addition to the sliding shutters fixed photovoltaic modules were installed | Architects: bhss architekten, Leipzig
Façade with shutters and floral patterns on a residential building in Berlin | Architect: Grüntuch Ernst, Berlin
Facade design glas panles. The new stock exchange in Selnau (Zurich) | Architect: Weber + Hofer, Zurich
Facade at Science Center in Straubing, made of fiberglass fins | Architect: Nickl & Partner
Almost the entire facade of this office building is covered with asymmetrically arranged tube fins, a reminiscent of reeds | Architects: Prof. Tobias Wulf, Kai Bierich, Alexander Vohl
Controllable all-glass shutters at a pharmaceutical company | Architect: Petzinka Pink Architects, Düsseldorf
Glass flake systems "Shadoglass" integrated into the facade of a fashion house
External, automatically adjustable sun protection system as a facade made ​​of aluminum | Architect: Martin Kohlbauer, Vienna (A)
Coloured metal plates formed to a facade - grocery store in Duisburg, designed by Sprenger von der Lippe, Hanover
University of Potsdam with gold anodized, mobile lifting shutters | Architect: Böge Lindner K2
Colorful metal slats to control light and shadow on the facade of an elementary school | Architect: Krug & Partner GbR Architekten, Munich