The CBH building was one of the first to use concrete brise-soleil
to influence internal building temperature," the Minister said.
Some of the features of the building include energy saving and vegetative roof systems that reduce the heat load of the roof surface and provide exceptional insulation reducing demand on both the heating and cooling systems; brise-soleil
and canopy elements to reduce the solar heat gain on the wall surfaces; high-performance, low-E clear, frosted and spandrel glass to reduce solar heat; high-performance lighting and control systems for energy efficiency; daylight harvesting from both the dramatic eight story skylit central atrium and glass envelope and low gas-emitting carpets.
The box is wrapped in a rough skin of perforated oxidised steel panels which hinge open to form protective brise-soleil
The primary feature of the new MAMFW-its version of Bilbao's twisting titanium or Milwaukee's pterodactyl-like brise-soleil
by Santiago Calatrava- is, however, Ando's handling of concrete throughout.
Each floor has decorative stainless-steel brise-soleil
to cut down glare, but it is difficult to believe that these eyebrows do much to cut down heat gain (15 per cent reduction is the official figure).
Finished in satin black, the installation includes Technal's CD commercial hinged doors at ground level, and supports cedar brise-soleil
Combined with responsive mechanical control systems of external, interstitial and internal radiation such as louvres and brise-soleil
, such transparent skins will give the transition between inside and out astonishing properties that we can imagine only as dimly as Dr Johnson could have envisaged the Crystal Palace.
His choice of materials -- white-painted plastered walls, black powder-coated steel-framed windows, steel and glass balustrades and stainless steel brise-soleil
-- clearly reflect a Modernist sensibility reinterpreted in the pursuit of an architectural language particular to tropical Singapore.
The louvres act as brise-soleil
and become a poignant, delicate grey veil that protects the inner life of the building, and incidentally reminds the town's servants (in mirror writing) of the people for whom they are working.
As specialists in aluminium solar shading devices, Merlin Sunscreening market intemal blind and external brise-soleil
systems, providing a total facade solution compatible with all fenestration systems currently marketed in the UK.
Openness and transparency dematerialise the gritty steel and concrete, and a brise-soleil
of bristles filters the light.
The resulting glazing is conveniently protected from the sun by the overhanging horizontal disks, together forming a kind of built-in brise-soleil
ideal for the desert climate.