Nova, Victoria, Buildings 6 and 7 in London, United Kingdom. Sergio De Gaetano / Thornton Tomasetti.
Thornton Tomasetti provided façade engineering services to the owner from schematic design through construction for two commercial buildings that are part of a seven-building master plan for the Victoria district in central London. The 89,000-square-meter project consists of new office, retail and public spaces.
The unique façades of the two buildings are a cohesive and interrelated set of glazed elements based on prismatic geometries. The project also features unitized curtain walls with external metal fins of various widths and diagonal unitized façades with a three-story diamond motif. The external fins are designed to shade the façades and visually enhance the verticality of the architecture. Glazing build-up challenges include the balance of the exterior red appearance of the façade with neutral internal lighting reflection that will not distract the occupants.
Thornton Tomasetti also provided designs of aluminum fin profiles for the cladding of the mechanical plant at the top of the building, full-height structural glazing of lobbies at ground level, public retail pavilions composed of structural glass boxes, and stand-alone canopies covering the main pedestrian route. The façade designs utilize technologies to achieve the targeted levels of carbon emission reductions for maximum energy efficiency and occupant comfort. The structural glazing of the lobbies is a challenge because of the minimal framework spanning at the ground floor for the all-glass façades.
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