Façades provide expression, protection, durability, security, lighting and energy within a zone that is only a few hundred millimeters deep. We strive for excellence in terms of all these parameters on all types of façades, including:
. Curtain wall systems
. Glass fin walls
. External glazing systems
. Cable net structures & glazing
. Shop fronts & interiors
. Membrane structures
. Double skin façades
. Architectural metalworks
. Precast and glass fibre reinforced concrete (GRC)
. Stone cladding
. Façade steelwork
. Roofing systems & skylights
. Security glazing
. Platform screen doors
The treatment of interfaces between façade and roofing systems is vitally important. This means that we need to not only deal with systems in isolation but all possible combinations of systems that are developed for building projects.
Our approach to the envelope is to look primarily at the vision that has been created by the building designer and to understand the story being told. In realising the concept, we develop a creative narrative to begin the process of delivering a technical solution to an architectural vision.
There are a number of factors our team takes in to consideration including aesthetics, structural and mechanical engineering, material science, procurement, fabrication and constructability. Through a detailed understanding of these specialised areas, we are able to develop elegant and commercially viable solutions to architectural challenges that are constantly being refined. Such solutions can be established with the employment of advanced design and engineering tools such as specifically enhanced software and 3D modelling, technology advancements in materials, and often simply by applying common sense design principles that have been rigorously tested over time.
Our philosophy is centred around finding solutions that cost less, last longer and make buildings more efficient. We are committed to collaboration with other likeminded designers, with the experience and knowledge to understand that successful collaboration will lead to a successful outcome.