When Rob Newman of Pretoria-based ARC Architects undertook a new project for the Engineering and Study Centres at the University of Pretoria, he opted to use the Hunter Douglas Sun Louvre System Type 84R and Type 200AF and 300AW fins to provide a unique design.
When Rob Newman of Pretoria-based ARC Architects undertook a project for the new Engineering and Study Centres at the University of Pretoria, he was faced with two specific needs: the sun control of a specific roof design and the aesthetic appeal of a mechanical plant area. He made the decision to use the Hunter Douglas Sun Louvre System Type 84R for the former, and Type 200AF and 300AW fins for the latter.
Hunter Douglas Sun Louvre Systems blend style and functionality, bringing a distinct look to a building’s exterior while providing shade and comfort to the people inside. High-quality materials are used to produce these dependable systems, which can be projected to the facade, parallel to the facade or otherwise designed in relation to the angle of the sun.
Hunter Douglas has built the reputation of these products on a solid mantra of proprietary systems that have been researched and developed and technically supported by performance charts – all needed to conform to product and installation specifications. The Hunter Douglas louvres and the extruded aluminium support structure can be provided with a polyester powder coating or a natural anodised finish.
The sun louvres for the roof needed to meet the requirements of a curved roof design, which meant that special brackets were used to enable the louvres to match the angle of the roof whilst still providing the required sun control.
Rob Newman says: “The building is positioned directly east/west, so we had the need to prevent the late afternoon sun that prevails in the winter time from entering the building.
“The layout and positioning of the louvres are a unique detail requiring engineering and design of special fixing systems, but this was successfully achieved and 276m² of these louvres were satisfactorily arrayed with the curvature of the roof. Although this has been done in Europe before, this is believed to be the first time that this angled design has been used in Southern Africa, and we are very pleased with the result.
“Also, the mechanical plant for the building was positioned in an enclosed area and painted in a grey colour, hidden by a mesh screen in the same colour. Here we used 167m² of the Hunter Douglas fins in a lime-green colour to break up the dull effect of the grey and provide a more aesthetic look to the area, particularly as they are prominent on the building as a modern feature.
“This is not the first time we have used Hunter Douglas materials, and we are very pleased with the service and the results obtained,” Newman concludes.
The main contractor was Robenco Construction, who is no stranger either to Hunter Douglas louvres or the university. Managing director Rob Henderson says he has no hesitation in using Hunter Douglas because their products are of outstanding quality.
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