King’s College Hospital, London

Architect: Nightingale Associates
Fabricator: St Gobain Solaglas
Products: MC Trame Horizontale curtain walling, top hung concealed windows

The six-storey clinical building at King’s College Hospital is an unusual application of curtain walling for a healthcare project. The new wing has a fully glazed curved façade created using 2,000sqm of MC Trame Horizontale curtain walling.

The £76m PFI scheme provides a wide range of facilities including a new maternity unit, medical wards and a large ambulatory care centre to replace an inadequate outpatients department.

The north-facing elevation is glazed in facetted curtain walling, which spans four storeys to give maximum daylight, space planning flexibility and to allow views across London from the upper floors. The aerofoil MC Trame cap runs across the façade providing horizontal emphasis and was also used to form an arrow head return at the extreme ends of the glazed screen to add interest and accentuate the curve.



The Architect’s Perspective

David Cannon, Project Director, Nightingale Associates:

“The Trame system fitted in with the scale of the building and allowed us to have a bold façade for the new wing, which has impact and a distinctive visual appearance. The curtain walling is facetted to produce a gentle curve – a much more cost-effective solution than curved glass. The arrow head fins finish off the curtain walling and the concealed windows help to naturally ventilate the building.”