University of Southampton

Architect: Perkins Ogden
Fabricator: Saint-Gobain Solaglas
Products: Trame Verticale curtain walling, CD commercial hinged doors

Curtain walling from Technal’s Trame suite was specified by architects Perkins Ogden for a dramatic new entertainment facility at the University of Southampton.

Originally designed by Sir Basil Spence, the students’ union building is a steel, glass and concrete structure comprising four blocks. These blocks have now been refurbished and a former debating chamber has been transformed into a multi-purpose entertainment space for around 1,500 students.

Technal’s curtain walling was used for a glazed link that forms the main entrance to the entertainment building, looking out onto a courtyard. This link is the heart of the scheme. It contains an enlarged circulation space and bars at ground and first floor levels to serve the entertainment facility.

The Trame Verticale system was finished in satin black and double glazed using clear glass. It was also used for an area on the south elevation, with Technal’s CD commercial hinged doors at ground floor level.



The Architect’s Perspective

Tim Coel, Project Architect, Perkins Ogden:

“We selected the Trame system for its verticality. There are no visible mullions horizontally, so the glazing is articulated as vertical strips. The system also supports cedar brise soleil above ground floor level to further emphasise the vertical lines and to provide shade from the south west sun.”

“The curtain walling helped us to create a space which is bright and light during the day, and which glows attractively at night to reflect the building’s role as an exciting entertainment venue.”