• Client: V&A Waterfront
• Architects: Rick Brown Architects and Van der Merwe Miszerski
• Serge Ferrari composite screen:
> Soltis 93
> Area: 4500 m2
Behind its wide glass façade, new office building No. 1 Silo at Cape Town’s V & A Waterfront houses a major investment company headquarters. For this project, the architects adopted a rigorous approach to creating an ecological building by promoting efficient usage of natural resources and energy. The designers have also been careful to ensure an optimum quality in terms of working environment by enhancing the well-being of its occupants. The vertical external blinds, composed of Soltis 93 composite screens, contribute fully to this dual objective.
Awarded 6 stars in the South African Green Building Council’s “Green Star” ratings*, this is the second office building of this size to achieve such a rating in South Africa and the first building to obtain 6 stars in Cape Town.
An intelligent blind system
4,500 m² of Soltis 93 composite screens feature amongst the multiple equipment and fittings, such as a seawater cooling system and a green roof, that have contributed to creating this ecological building. This major innovation is based on a system of motorised blinds positioned between the double glazing and the glass facade. This automatically controlled blind system follows the sun’s movement through the building and the blinds only deploy when required. The slenderness of the Serge Ferrari screens ensures compactness and their lightness curtails system mechanical forces.
Thermal and visual comfort
This high-performance installation reduces solar heat gain, but also encourages natural light penetration into the building. The Soltis 93 screens effectively protect employees from glare. Even when deployed, the Serge Ferrari screens conserve not only the natural light contribution, but also a remarkable view over Cape Town’s port and seafront.
Thanks to their membrane micro-perforations, Soltis 93 screens remove heat and contribute to maintaining a constant ambient temperature inside buildings, while contributing to glare control. As a result, air conditioning equipment is less used and building operating costs are significantly reduced.
* The Green Star rating system was established by the Green Building Council of South Africa in 2008 with the aim to evaluate the potential environmental performance of buildings. A green building should be energy efficient, resource efficient and environmentally responsible.