Imperial West, Block D in London. ©Hufton Crow.
Imperial College is creating a new campus in White City in west London. The 22 acre site is adjacent to Imperial’s Hammersmith Medical Campus and will be at the heart of London’s new research quarter. Building D will form part of the research and translational hub, the second phase of Imperial West. The scope comprises incubator laboratories, accelerator space and furthermore office spaces located on the upper floors. There will also be a café, located on the ground floor, as well as support facilities.
Thornton Tomasetti provides full façade consulting services, including the production of façade detailed drawings and façade performance specification of the cladding packages. The design features a fully unitized system, incorporating glazing, metal sun shading and terracotta. The 16 façade-type variations furthermore include structural glazing, atria rooflights and rainscreen cladding. The main challenges include maintaining thermal performance of the unitized panels as the panel width reduced to half-size and then to quarter-size, ensuring stability and alignment of cantilevering metal sun shades across multiple unitized panels, and designing and detailing an asymmetric steel atria roof spanning between independent building structures.
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