Architect: Kensington Taylor
Fabricator: Saint-Gobain Solaglas
Products: Grid curtain walling
Technal’s curtain walling was specified by architects Kensington Taylor for the new passenger terminal at Guernsey Airport, providing a high performance glazing solution which also echoes the building’s distinctive aeronautical design theme.
This statement building was developed to cater for a forecast 30 per cent increase in air traffic over the next 25 years and to provide enhanced facilities for up to 1.25 million passengers. The new terminal has curved ends and roofs, and shaped overhanging eaves, which reflect the forms of the aeroplane and the building’s use.
Technal’s curtain walling system was used with silver aerofoil caps to highlight the horizontal lines and visually elongate the building. The vertical profiles were finished in black, which are less prominent, adding to the horizontal emphasis. The curtain walling was facetted to the north and south elevations, to create sweeping curves that follow the aesthetic of an aircraft.
The curtain walling system was also specially adapted so the loads from the brise soleil sun shading on the south elevation could be transferred from a secondary external steel frame, through the transoms of the curtain walling system to an internal steel grid primary support.
The Architect’s Perspective
James Harrison, Project Architect, Kensington Taylor:
“The facetted curtain walling allowed us to use flowing curved façades in keeping with the aeronautical design theme but was a more cost-effective solution than curving aluminium sections and glass. We also liked the horizontal emphasis that the system has created, which is exactly what we wanted to achieve and with no compromise on quality or performance.”
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