The development of technology in the built environment has enabled the role of facades and cladding to move on from being purely a functional building envelope. In this day and age, the boundaries of design are constantly pushed to create striking, smart systems – benefitting both the environment and occupants.
In this month’s edition, FC&A explores the role of cladding in two very different applications. The first, found within our Design & Desire spotlight, features the first commercial building in the UK to use DuPont Corian as an exterior cladding solution. This high-tech product incorporates an LED lighting system illuminating the structure to dramatic effect.
The second project, found on page 38, looks more closely at the role of perforated sunscreens. Using sensor controlled screens and transmitting data to a motor, the building is able to automatically control the levels of light into the building – thus creating a more comfortable environment for its users.
Embracing new technologies such as these, undoubtedly requires architects and specifiers to take a bold and brave approach to design but the benefits, visually and practically, are plentiful.
Elsewhere in this issue, FC&A profiles the launch of Aktivhaus – a triple zero home that generates 200% energy. Thanks to a sophisticated energy concept and an intelligent building automation system controlled by a specially designed app, the Aktivhaus generates twice as much electric power from sustainable energy sources as it consumes making it the first functional Aktivhaus in the world. For more information on this outstanding concept, turn to page 6.
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