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Statoil Offices, Norway

Guthrie Douglas

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

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.

AV Interactive Technology Immerses Visitors into The Hunger Games

Electrosonic Ltd

Following the huge worldwide success of the blockbuster Hunger Games movie franchise, Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: The Exhibition has opened its global tour at Discovery Times Square, New York City. Electrosonic designed, supplied and integrated the audio-visual systems for the 12,000 square-foot exhibition whose costumes, props, set recreations and interactive experiences deliver a dynamic fan experience.

InBev Headquarters, Belgium

Guthrie Douglas

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.

Wezenberg Olympic Pool, Belgium

Guthrie Douglas

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.

Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons, Oxfordshire

Guthrie Douglas

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

Guthrie Douglas

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.

Pavillon Gabriel, Paris

Guthrie Douglas

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.

Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi

Guthrie Douglas

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.

Masdar Institute of Science & Technology, Abu Dhabi

Guthrie Douglas

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.

Broadcasting Headquarters, Belgium

Guthrie Douglas

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.

Galicia Nueva Castle, Slovakia

Guthrie Douglas

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.

Le Bon Marché, Paris

Guthrie Douglas

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.

Montparnasse Tower, Paris

Guthrie Douglas

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

Guthrie Douglas

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.

Natural stone paving using pedestals - Douglas, Isle of Man

Wallbarn Ltd

This was a large roof terrace on a private domestic project. The area was flooded and had needed to be re-laid with waterproofing and a significant fall constructed into the deck to allow the often considerable amounts of rainwater to escape the roof deck. The contractor asked Wallbarn for a suitable but cost effective solution so we recommended Wallbarn 9mm rubber supports along with levelling shims. The area was re-waterproofed in the inverted waterproofing method, the membrane being covered with rigid insulation boards and a loose laid geotextile fabric to act as a separation layer .

Kong Bar, Paris

Guthrie Douglas

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.

LOC Focus Academy, Netherlands

Guthrie Douglas

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.

Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London

Guthrie Douglas

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.

The Florentinum, Prague

Guthrie Douglas

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.

Private Residence, London

Guthrie Douglas

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.

Latvian Museum of Art, Riga

Guthrie Douglas

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.

Taronga Zoo Wildlife Retreat


Designed with sustainability and a targeted 5-star green star rating in mind, the building has drawn on Alspec products which feature high performance credentials for the floor-to-ceiling glazing and sliding doors. On the façades, Hunter Evo 150mm Double Glazed Flush Framing was used to construct the interfaces between guests and the habitat. The Hunter framing can accommodate up to 40mm double glazed and is well suited to gently curved and faceted façades, such as featured in the dining and kitchen extension.

Elk Mill

Hardscape Products Ltd

Hardscape has helped bring local history to life working with Vector Design Landscape Architects and sculptor Emma Hunter as part of the Elk Mill Shopping Park redevelopment project in Oldham. The landscape architects were commissioned by owners, British Land, to create a scheme marking the legacy of Elk Mill – Oldham’s last working cotton mill, which originally started production in 1928 as the largest in the UK.

Regent Street

Hardscape Products Ltd

Employing precision techniques and careful material selection, Hardscape assisted in the design and production of innovative paving artwork for Regent Street, in the centre of Douglas. The Isle of Man Town and Village Regeneration Scheme was implemented to infuse a new energy into the island’s commercial districts.


Bona Limited

The restaurant at Edinburgh's Botanic Gardens features a Douglas Fir floor finished with Bona Traffic HD. The area was sanded back to bare wood using Bona’s ‘dust free’ system so no need to ‘tent’ the adjacent mezzanine area. Traffic HD was specified to provide the required level of durability in such a busy area. It's a very low VOC formulation which protects wood floors in highly trafficked areas. Its fast development time means busy commercial floors can be put back into full use just 24 hours after application.

Royal Clarence Marina

TRC Restoration

Thanks to our long-standing relationship with Berkeley Homes, TRC was appointed to undertake a three-year project of refurbishment work to 150 centre pivot sash windows, plus doors. We stripped the existing painted windows and repaired the decayed timber. Due to the listed status, we sought to retain and repair as much of the original timber as possible. Where replacement joinery was necessary, we were able to source matching air-dried Douglas Fir (as stipulated by the conservation officer), which had been reclaimed from another heritage project.


Hush Acoustics

Hush Acoustics were called to Douglas, the capital of the Isle of Man and home to a beautiful mid terraced property recently converted into 4 spacious apartments over 4 floors. The apartments are situated very close to the road and after spending time inside, some road traffic as well as public background noise could be heard from inside the property. It was important to ensure appropriate acoustic measures were carried out when converting this existing property into apartments and that the party walls and/or ceilings met the required standards for conversion under the Building Regulations, Approved Document E.

Adur Civic Centre

Bathgate Flooring Ltd

Modern Office Space Boosts the Local Economy. This new Breeam “Very Good” office space was supplied by Wilmott Dixon for Adur and Worthing Council. The Office Raised Floor System covres 2,242m2 open plan office space and is arranged over three floors with communal dining/tea point areas to accommodate around 300 employees. Bathgate Flooring Ltd were pleased to be a part of this project. The Construction Manager, Rob Douglas commented that; “THE COLLABORATION AND TEAM WORK ON THE PROJECT HAS BEEN BRILLIANT WHICH HAS RESULTED IN AN AWESOME JOURNEY AND FINAL PRODUCT…TOP JOB AND THANK YOU AGAIN!! “

4 Kingdom Street, London

Washroom Washroom Ltd

Washroom's off-site service allowed the design to be carefully fine-tuned prior to installation on site for this prestigious office refurbishment project. Washroom's full height Alto toilet cubicle doors were specified with a real wood veneer finish, stained to match the solid Douglas fir timber panelling in the reception area. The bespoke polished cast concrete vanity units feature integral waste bins and Tego hinged mirror units above. For the new staff shower and changing room area Washroom's full height Alto FENIX shower cubicles were installed along with Z style Forza SGL lockers.

Woven wire mesh meets woven concrete at Halifax International Airport Parkade

HAVER Architectural Woven Wire Mesh

A key feature of this car park is the combination of the woven wire mesh facade at the east and west facade and "woven" concrete at the north and south elevations. 108 elements of weave type DOGLA-TRIO 1010 cover an area exceeding 3,800 m² . The standard length of each elements is 12,430 mm, the width is 3,040 mm. The attachment system consists of flat tension profiles with clevis bolts. Additional tension springs allow for a consistent tensioning. For this project the springs were placed at the top in a less visible area of the facade.

Fall protection & natural ventilation with woven wire mesh

HAVER Architectural Woven Wire Mesh

The architects needed a material that could act as a security barrier while still maintaining the required open area for natural ventilation on the garage. HAVER Architectural Mesh DOGLA-TRIO 1011 fulfilled their criteria. A standard tensioning system was used with flat tension profiles, clevis screws and springs. One of the most beautiful features of using wire mesh on a building is the effect the sunlight and angle of view have on its appearance. The mesh will look entirely different depending on where you are standing when looking up at the building and what time of day it is.

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