EXAMINING THE HAUSER FORUM September 2010
Cambridge University’s new £16 million development, known as The Hauser Forum, incorporates a stunning Solar Shading system from Levolux, helping to create the perfect environment to support and stimulate innovation and entrepreneurialism.
Designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, The Hauser Forum expands Cambridge University’s science and technology campus, providing more than 7400m2 of mixed use office space, along with a glazed cafe and a central atrium.
Working closely with the architect, Levolux developed a comprehensive external Solar Shading solution, comprising fixed Aerofoil Fins, Walk-on Brise Soleil and a Ventilation Louvre system. This makes a critical contribution to the sustainability of the overall scheme, by preventing excessive solar heat gain.
A new extruded aluminium, 250mm wide Aerofoil Fin, with a diamond profile, has been applied horizontally on three linked buildings. As an elevated shading structure, they provide shade to the central atrium and café area, while they are arranged into vertical stacks to protect south facing elevations of the Broers Building and the Entrepreneurship Centre.
The elevated shading structure incorporates 414 Aerofoil Fins, creating an impressive, eye-catching canopy. To complement the overall scheme and in contrast with the chequered curtain walling panels, some of the Aerofoil Fins have been finished with a striking bright orange or yellow powder coating.
Elsewhere, 384 Aerofoil Fins with a natural anodised silver finish have been formed into a series of vertical stacks, providing shade to south facing elevations of the Broers Building and the Entrepreneurship Centre.
Behind the vertical stacks of Aerofoil Fins is an extruded aluminium Walk-on Brise Soleil system. This comprises up to 4 levels of extruded aluminium, ‘J’ tread walkway, measuring 800mm wide and with a total length of more than 107 metres. This enables easy access for routine cleaning and maintenance.
To complete the solution, Levolux installed its extruded aluminium, XL Screening Louvre system at roof level, creating 4 ventilated enclosures to obscure plant and equipment from view below. The Screening Louvre system incorporates 85mm, diagonal XL louvre blades with a pitch of 140mm, fixed in continuous rows to form 3 metre high sections, with a combined length of more than 140 metres.
Michael Bienias, Director of University of Cambridge Estate Management said: “This is an excellent example of partnership working to deliver high quality architecture and good functionality to an agreed budget and programme. All these elements are key in the successful continuation of the University’s capital building programme.”
All products in Levolux’s Solar Shading range can be custom designed to fit almost any project brief. For truly effective energy efficiency with eye-catching aesthetics, Levolux Fins can be configured to compliment any scheme with a choice of materials, profiles and finishes.
Like all Solar Shading systems from Levolux, the Fins and Louvres used on this development are backed by the company’s design, manufacture and installation package, along with a three year warranty.
The Hauser Forum is a fine example of innovative architecture, which embraces the very latest energy saving technologies, including a custom Solar Shading solution from Levolux. It will play a pivotal role in supporting future innovation and entrepreneurialism in the UK.