It took two years to develop Hortern's three-dimensional facade, which integrates environmentally sustainable solutions with completely new building methods.
It could easily be mistaken for serving a purely ornamental purpose, but the facade of the lawyer firm Horten's new office building is that and much more. It has taken two years to develop the three-dimensional facade, which integrates environmentally sustainable solutions with architecture and completely new building methods. The building is situated so that it closes towards the south and opens up towards the north. Ingenious ventilation techniques have been placed at ground-floor level, and the undulating facade ensures a good indoor working environment because of the self-regulating shadow function. The total energy consumption is 10% lower than that required by law.
The facade is a sandwich construction, with a centre of high-insulating foam covered by two layers of fibreglass material. It may be a building technique that has never been attempted before. But the successful development of the method has made it possible to mass-produce the facade modules without using the otherwise obligatory heavy steel elements to mount them. The facade is now self-sustaining and offers protection from the sun without blocking the view across the water.
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