July 2017

Levolux has helped to transform 400 South Record Street, a 1980’s built 17-storey office building in Downtown Dallas, with the addition of a dazzling solar shading solution.

Formerly known as the Belo Building, 400 South Record Street has undergone a comprehensive refurbishment, designed by Gensler. The revived 235,000-square-foot property boasts a new entrance, a glazed lobby area, restaurant and a new Sky Garden, offering panoramic views across Downtown Dallas.

As a world-leading solar shading and screening specialist, Levolux was approached to develop a custom solution for this prestigious development, applied at ground and roof level.

Based on its popular 9000 series louvre system, two large horizontal projections were devised, not only to shield the building from the sun, but to create an interesting architectural feature. Levolux supplied almost 900 trapezoidal-shaped aluminium fin sections for the project.

The Fins, each measuring 420mm wide, are fixed at an angle of 45 degrees, facing south, and are set at a pitch of 600mm. The two canopies of Fins provide important shading to glazed areas at lower levels and for the new Sky Garden. This helps to keep solar heat gain under control, resulting in a naturally cool and comfortable environment for occupants.

The lower level shading canopy, projects at 7.5 metres in height from the building’s facade and continues around the perimeter of the building. The horizontal structure is supported from a series of vertical steel posts, with a maximum projection of 9 metres.

On the building’s east-facing elevation, the main entrance opens onto South Market Street. Here, Levolux provided the same trapezoidal-shaped Fins, but with a twist. The Fins begin horizontally within the entrance area at high level, but as they emerge outside they gradually twist by 45 degrees to line up with the other Fins.

The shading canopy created at roof level, shares the same composition as the lower structure, except it has a smaller area. The west-facing roof terrace, otherwise known as the Sky Garden, is a new feature for the building, replacing a glazed roof. The Fins provide essential shading to the terrace, allowing occupants to enjoy spectacular views in comfort, shaded by the louvred canopy above.

All aluminium components supplied by Levolux, were given an attractive and highly durable, bright white powder coated finish. Both assemblies of Fins are engineered to withstand the extreme environmental conditions experienced at the site. This was possible thanks to the inclusion of custom stainless-steel fixings and connections. Fixings are concealed from view for an uncompromised appearance.

The newly renovated 400 South Record Street, reflects the continuing revival and growth of Downtown Dallas. It embraces modern design concepts, including the external solar shading solution provided by Levolux, for the benefit of local businesses and the wider community.