January 2008

Haringey 6th Form College1 200x200Levolux has crafted a complex curved cladding solution at Haringey Sixth Form College – keeping the architect’s vision alive where other companies said it couldn’t be done.

The solar shading specialist’s brief included a series of aluminium Fins to the exterior of the development’s amphitheatre, located at the Haringey 6th Form College2 200x200front of the building. The structure’s curved wall, however, had proved too much for other firms, who could only offer a faceted option.

With previous experience of tackling such complex forms and a reputation for solving the unsolvable, Levolux was the natural choice for Architects Hazle McCormack Young. Meticulously formed to match the structural drawings, the 200mm aluminium Fins, with their dark grey powder coated finish, fit perfectly to Haringey 6th Form College3 200x200the bold shape while providing a striking contrast to the building’s white exterior.

Elsewhere, further 200mm Fins are vertically stacked along the south elevation to limit solar heat gain within the building. This reduces reliance on costly mechanical cooling methods and has helped the project achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating – a highly coveted sustainability benchmark.

Haringey 6th Form College4 200x200Levolux also fitted its Matrix XL system to the inner courtyard. Virtually maintenance free, they are fitted above each row of windows, with the horizontal Z-shaped Louvres keeping out the sun’s rays. This means solar heat gain is reduced further while adding aesthetic impact to the walkway area.

Haringey 6th Form College5 200x200Like all solar shading systems from Levolux, the Aerofoil Fins used on the college are backed with the company’s design, manufacture and installation package.