The first impression of a building is its façade – and the best impression is a lasting one. Façade consultants Meinhardt Façade work to ensure buildings make an impact.
March 1st, 2012
Combining expertise in design, engineering, fabrication, installation and materials science, Meinhardt Façade collaborates with architects, clients and contractors to create buildings that not only look good, but operate well.
Myer, GPO entry
RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne
Melbourne Brain Centre, Parkville
“Meeting a client’s budgetary constraints, a contractor’s construction requirements and an architect’s design intent is always a major project challenge,” says Tony Douglas, General Manager, Meinhardt Façade.
“Façade consulting straddles all the above. This is the recipe for a successful façade solution and this is the crux of why a collaborative approach with architects and other project stakeholders is essential. Meeting all these different aspirations in a smarter, more pragmatic and cost-effective way is core to what we do. We call it ’practical imagination’.”
LaTrobe Institute of Molecular Science, Melbourne
Swanston Academic Building for RMIT University, Melbourne
Meinhardt Façade’s work on the S$300m Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE) in Singapore resulted in a state-of-the-art facility with a distinctive look and efficient exterior.
Extensive technical analysis was carried out to attain the optimal design solution.
Sunshades coupled with light shelves and adjustable motorised internal blinds work to maximise the entry of natural light while reducing heat glare.
Laminated glass with a ceramic fit pattern was used for the glass canopy across the podium, reducing solar transmission and creating a striking visual effect. The Meinhardt team also designed a 15-metre tall support structure for the verdant wall which provides ambient cooling and green appeal.
Solar panels were embedded into the façade and the rooftop to harness solar power. The result of all these measures combined is an efficient building façade with an Envelope Thermal Transfer Value (ETTV) of 37.6 W/m2, contributing energy savings of 9 million kWh per year.
Providing their technical input and engineering knowledge, optimising the design, choosing the best materials – and delivering all with great attention to detail and management skill – Meinhardt Façade has created a building with a striking exterior image, highly efficient operation and a lasting legacy.
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