University of Kent

Canterbury / United Kingdom / 2009

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A glazing of this size, especially on the south side, holds the danger of overheating and necessitates effective sun and heat protection. On the other hand, the open character and the view to the outside should not be impaired. The architects used OKATECH’s advantages: The insulating glass with a metal insert in the cavity between the panes allows for individual design with effective sun protection. Planers and designers have a large selection of different designs, wire mesh, expanded metal, and perforated metal sheet. With its 3-pane build-up and a coating of sun and heat protection, OKATECH insulating glass achieves U-values between 1.0 and 1.5 W/m²K (0.18 Btu/hr/ft2/°F and 0.26 Btu/hr/ft2/°F). The architects chose aluminium expanded metal for the Kent University. The interlayer allows for high light transmission and an unobstructed view to the outside. In addition, it goes well with the fire escape in front of it which is enclosed in expanded metal. The generous effect of the glass façade is supported by the structural glazing construction. The post-bar construction is hidden behind the insulating glass panes, which were given a full-length black border using the ceramic frit method for this purpose. The entire reverse side of glass located in front of walls were printed with grey. In addition, OKATHERM functional glass in the windows on the south side ensures optimal sun protection with reduced glaring, and good heat insulation. The 2-pane build-up used in Kent achieves U-values from 1.0 W/m² (0.18 Btu/hr/ft2/°F).

Depending on the light incidence and the viewing angle, a visitor entering the entrance façade from the plaza experiences an exciting alternation between openness and closeness. In the evenings, when the light from inside illuminates the outside, it affords a good view of the meticulously designed foyer area. The university building received the yearly awarded RIBA Award from the Royal Institute of British Architects for its great architecture.
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    A glazing of this size, especially on the south side, holds the danger of overheating and necessitates effective sun and heat protection. On the other hand, the open character and the view to the outside should not be impaired. The architects used OKATECH’s advantages: The insulating glass with a metal insert in the cavity between the panes allows for individual design with effective sun protection. Planers and designers have a large selection of different designs, wire mesh, expanded metal,...

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    • Year 2009
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Colleges & Universities
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