Elegant stepped facades on this London-based residential block show how off-site construction methods and aluminium glazing profiles from Reynaers allow for sophisticated design.
The new £140 million Garden Halls redevelopment in the heart of Bloomsbury challenges the poor reputation of student accommodation, offering 1,200 rooms to those studying at the University of London.
The intricate facade on Garden Halls was inspired by the existing Victorian and Edwardian buildings in Bloomsbury. The windows employ a very thin profile section, achieved with Reynaers CS 38-SL systems, and have a decorated, perforated alminium screen to the side. This uses an insulated panel that can be opened from the inside for ventilation. The lower level screens are bronze-coloured anodised aluminium, while the upper screens are powder coated.
The Concept System 38 ‘Slim Line’ window, now relaunched as the improved SL 38, has a unique elegant design which has the look and feel of steel. This respects the style of the more traditional steel-framed windows whilst offering a thermally improved solution and the option of more design variants.
During the project, existing buildings were either demolished or stripped back to their core, and extended vertically. The addition of a two-storey mansard roof not only gives the finish more definition, but also provides more rooms for students.
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