ON THE MONEY AT BANK STREET March 2010
40 Bank Street, which is occupied by some of the world’s leading financial services companies and law firms, required additional generators and plant to be installed at roof level. To ensure the modifications to the 153 metre building would not detract from architect, Cesar Pelli and Associates’ original design (now Pelli Clarke Pelli), a new Glass Fin Roof Enclosure was designed and installed by Levolux – screening plant from view.
The bespoke screening solution comprises 336 Glass Fins and an attractive stainless steel and aluminium frame that reaches 6 metres in height, cloaks the additional generators. To further enhance the building’s good looks, the fins were laminated with a tinted blue-finish that mimics that used on the original building and the frame was finished with a light grey powder-coating.
While the Glass Fins offer a highly attractive method of concealing the plant equipment, they also allow good natural ventilation allowing the generators to operate efficiently. Heat from the generators can dissipate quickly, preventing them from over-heating.
From all angles and from any height, the 33 storey building appears with flawless clean lines that run from the bottom to the very top. The Levolux Glass Fin Roof Enclosure effectively screens plant from view, whilst providing a striking visual feature that enhances the building’s overall appearance.