July 27, 2015
Without glazing there can´t be a good climate!
Read about how innovative use of glazing is helping to create an iconic campus building in University of Sutherland. Completed in 2009, this building boasts a wide range of indoor sporting and social facilities, including a six badminton court sports hall, 70 station fitness suite, sports massage and injuries centre, multi-purpose room, indoor climbing wall, and retail, catering, leisure and exhibition spaces.
“The innovative use of glazing is central to the design of this dynamic, landmark building. However, the challenge for the architects was to give the appearance of a bespoke façade but with the cost, lead-time and performance advantages of a proven, standardised system.”
Marrying architectural vision with low energy ventilation system and providing the best indoor lighting conditions were the aim of the project.
“The irregular pattern of the cut-outs is achieved using three main shapes of precast concrete panels: L-shapes, step-shapes and rectangles. Their repetitive nature reduced the necessary formwork, and therefore also the cost. The irregular layout of the panels called for close co-operation between the project team. The panels are supported and restrained by the structural frame using corbels for vertical loads and cast-in ties for horizontal loads. The use of threaded tie rods allowed close tolerances to be achieved. Incorporated within the panels is fabric and loose bar reinforcement that carried the loads back to the support point. Panel orientation and placement, meanwhile, was made easier through the use of multiple lifting eyes. The green against white concrete is a bold treatment. And in keeping with ensuring that CitySpace earns its place in the community, the precast cladding not only looks good but provides thermal mass that contributes towards the building’s BREEAM “excellent” rating.”
Read more about this building (link here).