Glass façades by seele feature on all sides of the new building. On the east and west sides the 5m x 2.5m panes are fixed to IPE beam sections, which at the same time form a wall incorporating technical equipment. The north elevation is in the form of a glazed steel frame with two steel doors measuring 3.8m x 1.6m. The south-facing folding door, with a clear opening of 20m x 3.8m, is fitted into a steel frame that functions as both wall and door frame. For this wall, seele supplied the 19m long beam with a camber to compensate for the natural sag of the beam after erection, which resulted in a max. 15mm tolerance for the steel door. The glass façade on the northern side is enhanced by a terrace with glass sliding door and glazed balustrade – all by seele. Six large-format, triangular windows in the gable ensure additional daylight. Access to and from the existing building is via a glazed connecting tunnel.
“Nouveau Chai” is yet another project that has allowed seele to demonstrate its creativeness, dedication and craft-like perfection when it comes to steelwork.
Images: © Nigel Young