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Broadcasting Headquarters, Belgium

TESS™ 440 was chosen for its discrete stainless steel cable guides, which blend in with the glass and brushed metallic finish of the façade, to allow a clean aesthetic when the blinds are retracted. When the blinds are deployed, the illusion is created of a floating fabric façade. The project team installed over 280 TESS™ systems in phases over three months in line with the construction programme. Guthrie Douglas were engaged by BIPP-BIPP SA to collaborate on design concept development, the feasibility study including wind resistance testing, system manufacture, on-site installation training, and post-completion support.

Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi

With a 15 degree incline and reaching 20m in height, each trapezoidal façade ‘spine’ was shaded using a single piece of fabric, fully retractable to reveal the stunning view when solar control was not needed, and translucent when deployed to allow a continued view to the outside. Guthrie Douglas were engaged to design a suitable mechanism for the job, and adapted the TESS™ 200 system, with its strong twin barreled technology, to meet the demanding requirements of the brief. Following rigorous testing of mock ups in the factory, over 50 systems were installed by Levolux.

Galicia Nueva Castle, Slovakia

A key feature of this renovated castle is its magnificent glazed dome atrium, which lets daylight flow throughout the building. The dome covers a 500m² area and is 15m tall. Guthrie Douglas were approached to solve the problem of integrating shading systems to protect the atrium from heat and glare, to ensure the space could be used year round. More importantly, the solution needed to be sympathetic to the historic building’s elegant restoration. Our TESS 512 was the natural solution since it can cover up to 100m² with a single mechanism, leaving just slim support cables behind when retracted.

InBev Headquarters, Belgium

Helioscreen Projects chose Guthrie Douglas’ TESS™ 140 system for its discrete stainless steel wire guides and high wind resistance. A replica system was built and tested for wind resistance over ten thousand cycles at the GD factory in the UK, and the results reported to the end client for system sign-off. The end result is a fully integrated shading solution which meets both performance requirements and aesthetic expectations.

Kong Bar, Paris

The shading solution chosen for its optimal performance in reducing solar heat gain was to fit 18 external technical shading systems on the outside of the 100 square-meter curved glass roof, fitted with high-performance fabric. The TESS™ 420 system was selected for its strength and weather resistance, as well as its ability to minimise the load imposed on the structure. Retaining the tension force of the blind with its aluminium frame, it distributes weight evenly through multiple fixing points.

Latvian Museum of Art, Riga

For some exhibitions, the light level must be regulated to protect the artwork whilst providing a pleasant viewing environment. For others, the light must be blocked completely. To achieve this adaptability, we collaborated with Multisell Sistemas to design a solution that would allow both a blackout and a translucent fabric to be applied to each window. Using compact TESS™ 660 technology, dual fabric guides were installed onto the slim glazing mullions, and motorised fabric barrels were integrated into the ceiling and flooring, with one fabric operating top down and another from bottom to top when required.

Le Bon Marché, Paris

Laubeuf, a leading European constructor of glass roofs and structural glass façades, engaged Guthrie Douglas to design and manufacture a solar shading solution for the roof lanterns, to mitigate heat gain and glare inside the building. The lanterns include curved glass, slimline mullions, and a delicate supporting structure, presenting challenges in creating a shading solution to provide sufficient solar protection and durability without exerting any significant load onto the structure. The bespokely designed systems follow the curve of the historic domes. Half draw from bottom to top, with the blinds closing towards one another when operated.

LOC Focus Academy, Netherlands

The Academy’s design by Royal Haskoning reflects on the latest trends in education. The original specification featured an ETFE roof, but building physics modelling identified that this alone would not provide sufficient protection, to meet the exacting thermal comfort requirements of the large event space. The challenge was to integrate shading systems into the exceptionally light support structure of the roof. We designed a bespoke ‘clamp’ bracket arrangement which was installed directly onto the steel support cables. The result is a shading system which provides effective solar protection without compromising the design ethos.

Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons, Oxfordshire

The contractor opted to use specialist tensioned shading to overcome the challenge of the lack of fixings across the roof and the requirement for the systems to be completely hidden. They engaged with Guthrie Douglas to design and manufacture a solution which could be completely recessed behind the plasterboard fascia, with minimal maintenance requirements. The TESS™ 140 system is popular for its discrete stainless steel wire guides and flexible brackets which make it easy to design into the glazing surround. The single barrel mechanism keeps the fabric constantly under tension and produces a smooth, quiet travel.

Marina Towers, Israel

This pair of 52.7m tall, mixed-use towers stand proud over Herzliya Marina. The shading requirement was originally specified as an awning but the design team soon concluded that the exposed location required something stronger which was when Guthrie Douglas became involved. Our engineering team worked with the design team to integrate a supporting structure within which to fix our TESS™ 440 cabled-guided tension system. Slim wire guides and a weather resistant headbox made it easy to design the systems into the façade so that they are near invisible when retracted.

Masdar Institute of Science & Technology, Abu Dhabi

The control of light and heat were central to the building's sustainability strategy. Tensioned shading systems were specified on the more challenging glazed structures due to their ability to be discrete and elegant whilst also strong enough to cope with extreme temperatures under the intense desert sun. Guthrie Douglas’ TESS™ 140 systems were installed in a very tight space on the roof glazing over the main sports hall. Being involved in the project from a very early stage meant we could integrate our systems into the complex surrounding structure to the point that they are invisible when retracted.

Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London

Our TESS™ 120 system was designed for retrofit and for light structures like the hotel’s atrium. With multiple fixing points, it minimises the load imposed on the structure, whilst being robust and durable. A single barrel mechanism keeps the fabric constantly under tension, and provides exceptionally smooth and quiet travel. We manufactured and supplied 16 systems of varying sizes, with the largest 4.125m wide. The end result is a discrete but highly effective shading solution which transforms the space by significantly reducing the heat gain and glare, making the space usable in all seasons and weather conditions.

Montparnasse Tower, Paris

Currently the European Union’s 14th tallest building, it offers views that extend 40km across Paris from its viewing terrace on the top floor. Design challenges included high wind speeds and a requirement for no columns to be installed, in order to preserve the exceptional 360 degree views. Guthrie Douglas TESS™ 512 systems were installed, suspended on steel support cables, providing a vast, column-free, floating canopy. Steel rods were incorporated within the fabric panels to meet the wind resistance requirements, and wind sensors applied to automatically retract the shades in extreme conditions.

Oxford University, Oxford, England

At the centre of Rafael Viñoly’s design is a glass atrium incorporating two crystalline light-well structures. This featured unusual glass trapezoids inclined on two planes, making the shading brief challenging, and critical to the success of the building, with design requirements around natural light, sustainability and user comfort. Guthrie Douglas were engaged to provide a complete solution, from concept to installation supervision and development of a maintenance programme. The solution was based on the core technology of the TESS™ 200 series, a robust double-barrel tension system which can deploy 60m2 of fabric with a single motor.

Pavillon Gabriel, Paris

Guthrie Douglas were engaged by Faber France to design a solution for the glass roof that would ensure the comfort of event attendees, throughout the seasons, while maintaining the views to the outside. Using the TESS™ 440 system and Mermet Satiné fabric, we integrated motorised fabric barrels into the ceiling. The fabric is kept completely flat using a torsion spring concealed in the barrel, and then disappears completely when not in use. The combined performance of the retractable systems and the high-tech fabric provide exceptional protection from heat and glare, as well as reducing energy costs.

Private Residence, London

In a high end residential setting like this, the aesthetics of a skylight or roof window when blinds are open are often a high priority, and in this case the shading mechanism was completely concealed within the surrounding frame in a recess box, designed for the TESS™ 660. The result is a space with maximum levels of natural light and complete control over heat and glare, without breaking the clean lines of the design or obstructing the view to the outdoors.

Statoil Offices, Norway

Hunter Douglas Norge approached Guthrie Douglas for a technical solution that would integrate with this complex structure whilst meeting the energy saving and user comfort requirements of the building specification. The solution drew on the core technology of the TESS™ 400 series and used over 200 rectangular and trapezoidal external tension systems.

The Broad Museum, Los Angeles

Guthrie Douglas’ TESS™ 660 systems were installed by Hunter Douglas Architectural USA on the spectacular vaulted rooflights of the Broad Museum in downtown Los Angeles. In order to control the ambient light levels, and give the museum the ability to block out the light entirely when required, each of the uniquely shaped rooflights was fitted with a tensioned blackout shade.

The Florentinum, Prague

The curved glass façade created challenges for the management of light and shade and the need to ensure the optimum comfort for users. The TESS™ 400 external system was chosen and aligned to the structural glass design. It uses relieving rollers to allow the blind to flow around the curve and small ultra-thin cable to keep the fabric tensioned. When fitted to the external façade of the Florentinum it allowed the architectural effect of the curve to remain striking even when the blinds were deployed, as well as working as a heat shield on hotter days.

Wezenberg Olympic Pool, Belgium

The facility is an official training pool where Flemish athletes train and where major championships are held. The original specification to provide solar protection was to apply a reflective film to the glass. In practice, the film did not provide sufficient protection for the users, the heat and glare creating an uncomfortable environment. Guthrie Douglas’ TESS™ 312 systems were proposed to be retrofit, for their strength and stability in extra large spaces, covering up to 6m widths with one system.

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