Unitised façades by seele: As economic as batches, but still individual. From cost-optimized engineering with the highest level of prefabrication to the economical installation.

unitised façades – as economic as batches, as individual as custom products

Cleverly designed unitised façades can be both: economic yet highly individual. seele makes this possible by using an advanced concept that considers more than just the entire creation process: the engineering that keeps costs in check, the serial production with maximum prefabrication, right up to economic installation methods. Curving, tilted, transparent or opaque. Mixes of many design features or combined with other façade types. In most cases, unitised façades developed by seele employ 3D design with complex geometry. To achieve a homogeneous appearance, the designers also integrate structural glazing technologies. seele’s own production plant for aluminium unitised façades was established in 2009. Since then it has been extended and is now a highly modern production line for complex projects. Synergies in engineering, production, logistics and installation enable the realisation of curtain wall façades, double glass façades or integrated façades that are unequalled in terms of their functionality and design configurations.

Superb sealing. Lightweight looks. Precision as planned.

Façade systems have their limits. But seele’s integrative unitised façades do more. They combine thermal performance, air conditioning, sound insulation, daylighting and shading functions. And also comply with all the other requirements of buildings, such as the tolerances and deformations of the load-bearing structure. Their appearance is lightweight, their dimensions bespoke, their materials mix and quality exceptional. The secret behind their precision is accurate cuts, exact jointing techniques for mitre joints and tight tolerances. To achieve dependable waterproofing, seele develops dimensionally accurate, tested frame sections and seals. Most unitised façades by seele are in the form of a curtain wall, produced to the highest quality standards. The highly automated, accurate production and assembly of separate elements with glazing gaskets takes place in seele’s own plant, which is designed to handle elements with the largest possible dimensions.

5 Broadgate, London: Where projects require a combination of unitised façade and other types of construction, e.g. steel glass, post-and-rail or all-glass forms, seele has all the know-how needed to turn concepts into reality.
European Central Bank, Frankfurt: a complex hybrid double glass façade made up of about 1,000 different formats. The elements are mounted at an angle of 2° to their vertical axis.
Väven arts centre, Umeå: more than 1,500 individual units, some of them bent. seele supplied these with mountings fixed to the back with adhesive so that they could be hung in position as complete elements.
7 More Riverside, London: a complex unitised façade requiring 52 aluminium sections and 45 gaskets.
Hotel Wagram, Paris: undulating unitised façade made from bent insulating glass units. The cavities between the panes are conditioned according to the SCF principle.

Multi-leaf element forms: double glass façades by seele

seele can also supply bespoke solutions for double-leaf façades. One very good example is the hybrid double glass façade that was specially developed for the European Central Bank, which has three façade layers so the interior can be ventilated directly from outside. Opening elements are integrated into the outer façade in such a way that they do not disturb the purist lines of the façade. The advantages of the double skin over the single skin are better sound insulation and better thermal performance. In addition, there are benefits at very windy locations and sunshades can be incorporated in the cavity.