Beacon Court is a major new commercial development in Dublin. Designed by Traynor O’Toole Architects and styled by the renowned fashion designer John Rocha, the scheme for Landmark Developments has created a business and lifestyle environment which features innovative use of aluminium and glass.
Architectural aluminium systems specialist, Technal, working with fabricators Ultraframe and Wright Window Systems, have supplied over 57,000 sqft of curtain walling and 500 window systems for the external envelope to the three buildings that comprise phase 1 in two contracts totalling around £1.7m.
Technal’s MC curtain wall was selected for this exposed site for its structural and weatherproofing qualities and to carry large spans of sloped glazing up to 3.2m high and 2.2m wide.
Commenting on the specification, project architect John Dennehy of Traynor O’Toole said, “Technal’s MC curtain wall is sufficiently robust to carry the heavy loadings of the large spans of glass, which allowed us to have uninterrupted glazing from floor to ceiling. This mullion system was a more cost-effective alternative than glass to glass joints, whilst still meeting our requirements for safety, excellent acoustics and thermal performance.”
Natural ventilation is provided by top hung casement windows from Technal’s recently launched FXi suite, which are inserted into the curtain walling. The 46mm module windows are stacked vertically as an additional architectural feature and to maximise flexibility for space planning internally.
The systems, including Technal's PH entrance doors, are finished in dark grey and glazed in high specification 10mm toughened and laminated green body tinted glass with a 10mm clear toughened inner pane.
The design of the FXi46 window takes full advantage of the aesthetic qualities of aluminium, with its slim sections and simple, clean lines. The 46mm framing module follows the same proven design principles as the highly engineered FXi window range. Features include the option of single or dual colours; a common range of profiles and accessories to simplify specification, and flush EPDM gaskets to guarantee quality and enhance the appearance of the window.
The MC curtain walling range was developed by Technal to give specifiers the opportunity to create high rise, vertical, shaped or inclined façades from one fully integrated and technically advanced suite. The system also has the option of tilt/turn and top hung concealed vents, allowing the introduction of opening lights into the building envelope for natural ventilation whilst maintaining a continuous façade.
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