VELFAC composite windows and doors are a distinctive element within the different facades used in the multi-storey accommodation blocks, also delivering essential low-energy, low-maintenance performance.
The glazing was specified by Tryfon Kalyvides, of The Kalyvides Partnership, who had used VELFAC before and knew what the window system could deliver. "The VELFAC system is unique in that every window has a slender frame and uniform sightlines, so that opening lights are rarely distinguishable from fixed. This increases the uniformity of the facade and adds to the quality of the design." explains Tryfon.
Facing the street, VELFAC is used as punch-hole windows and to create an upper storey glazed facade, while the inner courtyard features a dramatic ‘shifted geometric’ design. To achieve the ‘more abstract’ courtyard facades, VELFAC windows and doors were installed within a perforated mesh panel system.
"We used VELFAC glazing within a natural stone cladding system to deliver a sharp, mature exterior," comments Tryfon, "and at the upper levels, where a lighter aesthetic was demanded, we installed VELFAC units within glazed spandrel panels to give the effect of curtain walling but at a scale appropriate to the neighbouring refurbished hospital building."
As well as architectural versatility, VELFAC was also specified for its low-energy performance and impressive acoustic insulation, and for the durable, low maintenance frame design. Externally, aluminium framing is finished in deep grey, complementing the grey stone used in the build, while the clear lacquered inner pine frame is used to add warmth and colour to student rooms and shared spaces.
The Deaconess House project has proved highly successful, and is now occupied by University students. "The system is clearly value for money," says Tryfon, "and it is continuously being tested and improved to meet the performance requirements demanded of standards such as BREEAM and the Code for Sustainable Homes. I have specified VELFAC for most of my independent career and I always encourage my clients to consider the VELFAC system."