To meet the requirements laid out in the design brief, GLASSOLUTIONS manufactured and installed a glazed building envelope comprising the Contracting division’s flagship VS-1 curtain walling system, supplemented with traditional curtain walling for at the ground floor.
The VS-1 installation for Aperture is unique and bespoke, including continuous full high feature fins to minimise the building’s solar gain and enhance thermal and acoustic comfort. The original concept was to use standard curtain walling with a bespoke fin attached; however, the properties of VS-1 suited the design perfectly and this was chosen as the final design solution.
VS-1’s highly engineered simplicity allowed the installation to meet the brief, delivering both streamlined aesthetics and efficiency benefits. The system allows the façade to be held away from the mullion without the use of obtrusive bolt fixings or transoms. This means that the glass wall visually ‘floats’, presenting an entirely glazed surface that lets in as much daylight as possible to enhance the building’s visual appeal as well as the comfort of its occupants.
For the areas of the building’s envelope fitted with the VS-1 system, Glassolutions delivered thermal comfort and security with the installation of 10mm SGG Securit heat soak toughened SKN 174 II glass paired with 21.5mm SGG Stadip Securit heat soak toughened inner panes, with a silicon seal creating the units’ 16mm cavity. The system also accommodated bespoke storey-height anodised insulated cladding panels, with perforated sinusoidal rainscreen, to meet the architectural concept.
For Aperture’s ground and lower floors, resilience and toughness were priorities for the glass specification. Glazing for these areas comprised outer panes of 8mm and 10mm COOL-LITE SKN176 II, heat soak toughened for extra strength and reduced breakability. This was paired with inner panes of 10.8mm SGG STADIP PROTECT, separated with a 90% filled argon gas cavity fitted with 16mm black warm edge spacers to reduce heat transfer.