Shanghai Tower Features Pleats of Perforated Aluminium

How do you give pleats to a flat-front building? Japanese architect Kengo Kuma recently did just that when headorned the façade of a Shanghai tower with strips of perforated aluminium. “For the facade, we created pleats, made of aluminium mesh like woven lace, which forms a soft dress for women,

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Smart Facades Responsive Designs for Optimal Day Lighting & Energy Conservation

Façade & Fenestration is often considered the biggest hurdle in achieving higher levels of energy efficiency in buildings. Buildings have evolved from being predominantly passive systems to having high levels of internal control due to addition of man-made materials. With increase in artificial

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Optimising Façade Designs for Wind Loads

A façade typically represents 30 per cent of the total development cost. The taller and more complex the building becomes, the figures escalate. A key component of the cost is the thickness of glass, framing members and size of brackets – all which are largely dictated by the wind loads that the

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Façades in India are Getting Better

Concept design for the structural glazing facade with a different opening option - Vertical detail One of the foremost talents in the realm of Indian architecture, Reza Kabul’s foray into the industry was a random experience of viewing books on architecture that proved catalyst enough for a switch

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Go for Responsible Façades Which Could Minimize Energy Liability

WFM: What are the important aspects to be considered while designing and installing fenestrations? Nilabh Nagar (NN): The most important design factor would be the orientation of the opening. But many a times, constraints of site and function do not allow proper orientation. So one needs to adopt o

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Schueco’s New Ultra-Slim Facade Allows Vents to Be Fully Concealed

Schueco Australia has introduced a new concealed vent facade featuring a face-width of just 60mm. The new FWS 60 CV concealed vent facade is an aluminium system for floorto- ceiling ribbon windows and fixed glazing where the 60mm face-width means that it is impossible to distinguish open and fixed f

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Analytics of Façades for High Performance Buildings

With rapid urbanization in developing countries, need to reduce environmental impact and building energy costs have never been greater. Indian construction industry is at a critical juncture wherein it has to balance the demand of low cost construction but simultaneously comply with the stringent en

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“We are committed to a More Focused Growth in the Façade Industry”

Zoher Chiniwala and Hussein Chiniwala With an exceptionally high experience of 39 years in the facade industry, Zoher Chiniwala (Chairman, Alfa Facade Systems Pvt. Ltd) has come a long way from a humble beginning to being one of the largest players in facade systems in India. A highly motivated and

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