We were approached by Square Feet Architects in September 2017 to assist with the glazing to a high end private residential property in Hampstead. The client’s brief was for the architect to build their contemporary dream home. With this in mind Square Feet Architects researched the market thoroughly, before selecting the Secco Sistemi range of products.
The meeting that followed established the need for a high performing system with slim sight lines in an architectural bronze finish and with 25mm wide plant on dividers. As a consequence the Secco OS2 65 system was selected. The clients preference for door height tilt and turn windows eliminated the need for lock box profiles to be applied, thus maintaining a slim aesthetic throughout the property. In addition Secco’s market leading thermal break technology enabled the 2.7m tall windows shown on the architects concept drawings to be realised. The collaborative effort between Square Feet Architects, Venturi UK, the Secco approved fabricator (Jfan) and the main contractor M H Costa has delivered exactly what the client demanded.
Photography by Paul Smoothy – Architectural Photographer
When Architects Urbane Design were designing a new extension for a client in a West London house and needed a slim steel system, they only had one system in mind. Secco’s OS2 slim thermally broken steel system allows a modern performance with a heritage look and feel and now it can be supplied in either double or triple glazing, it also meets the most stringent building standards.
This project was supplied in double glazing with a special paint finish. Working hand in hand with the building Contractor, AEP, our fabricator Arch Glazing supplied a large screen over 6m wide and over 2.5m in height which included Double outward opening doors and 2 small windows for ventilation.
The minimal sightline of a Secco OS2 bifold door is the slimmest sightline of any framed bifold door available. Only 62mm where 2 doors meet and equal across all doors. These doors are available in all 4 materials and up to 2.9m high.
This Art Deco house had its original single glazed steel windows before the client decided to add a rear extension and upgrade the house.
Our partner Skyglaze chose to offer the Secco OS2 65 thermally broken system in Painted galvanised steel throughout the house as part of its modernisation whilst keeping its existing character and Art Deco style.
The most challenging part was the new curved glazing on the corners which were quite large and so difficult to install.
The result is an exceptional modernisation that looks just like it did before but with a much better thermal performance.
We will be present with both Secco Sistemi and Uniform at the architectural trade show Architect@work on 30th and 31st January at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch.
We will feature at the show new products from both Secco Sistemi and Uniform.
From Secco, a new non thermally broken internal use version of the award winning OS2 windows and door system.
From Uniform our latest design in ultra slim composite windows. An opening window with a sightline of just 38mm!
We are pleased to announce our latest product range of truly Bespoke Hardware.
Many projects require products that are not available and so need something truly bespoke.
Our range of Italian designed and manufactured handles and hardware can be produced to your own specific design requirements.
The two key techniques used in the production of these products include casting and the CNC machining of brass. To the surface of the brass a wide range of finishes can then be applied including standard burnishing, chrome plating, natural timber, leather, tiger eye (rare stone), Stingray tail etc etc. Hardware can even receive your monogram or logo.
Designed and manufactured for us by an Italian company that commenced production in Northern Italy in 1720, we can offer:
Door handles, Window handles, Pull handles, Drawer pulls, Doorstops, Door knobs, Lift and Slide handles, Hooks, Letter plates, Hinge sets, and almost anything to match the design you require.
Contact us to arrange a visit to discuss your requirements
Uniform oak windows and doors were supplied in the recently completed project by Muma Architects. Uniform was chosen due to the ability to offer Oak as an internal finish and also some unusual shaped windows, as seen above.
The project which was secured in October 2015 is part of the much larger North West Cambridge development.
Uniform S.p.a have launched the slimmest composite window on the market with a sight line for an opening or fixed vent at just 38mm.
This is almost 20mm slimmer than the market leader and will be available for specification in Q4 2018 with the first windows on site in early 2019.
Not only is the slim but with the patented hinge design it can support extremely heavy glass, usually needed for acoustic performance.
Windows can also be fixed together using the innovative flitch plate system to guarantee alignment on site.
Secco have once again shown why they are the market leader with another wonderful Archidays event in Venice during the Biennale 2018.
A select group of UK based architects were invited to join other architects from all over the world for an exclusive event and a chance to visit the world famous Venice Biennale.
Starting with a tour of the factory and a presentation of all things Secco this was followed by A private visit to the Vatican Pavilion on San Giorgio island including a talk by the curators was followed by a lavish meal with operatic entertainment.
The next day after a full day visiting the Biennale it was a boat trip on an old wooden boat out to Torcello and a private visit and talk in the famous Torcello cathedral.
Uniform Architectural have added a new solution to their ever growing number of bespoke architectural solutions, an integrated glass, or metal, balustrade.
This factory fitted solution fixes neatly behind the front aluminium clad on the Uni_One inward opening composite system.
It’s fully certified for barrier loading and removes the need for a second fix or the problem of where to fasten the balustrade to after the windows are fitted.
This private residential project was designed by Chris Dyson Architects using Bronze EBE Doors from Secco Sistemi.
Attention to detail was key in providing the best finish for this very discerning client. The architects chose the EBE85 triple glazed door system for maximum thermal efficiency and concealed hinges for an exceptional finish. The doors were manufactured in the UK by Wellington Glazing who is one of Secco’s approved UK fabricators.
Brimelow McSweeney Architects were appointed to design the refurbishment of this store at 11-12 Floral Street which is at the heart of London’s Covent Garden. Floral Street has a significant concentration of high end retail outlets and so Brimelow McSweeney selected the architectural bronze EBE profile from Secco Sistemi. With it’s luxury aesthetics the choice of architectural bronze ensured that the store not only met the areas already high standards but exceeded them.
Mowat & Company architects were commissioned to design the new flagship store for Berry Bros. & Rudd in Pall Mall. As London’s longest established wine merchant and with their new store literally around the corner from their historic home, it was important for the materials and finishes to communicate the quality that is synonymous with the Berry Bros.& Rudd brand.
As a consequence, Mowat & Company decided to use the Secco OS2 system, in architectural bronze, as a key feature within the store. The slim sight lines and excellent thermal performance, made the Secco OS2 system the perfect choice for the three double door sets, to the chilled fine wine cabinet, at the rear of the store. The use of the OS2 system with thermally efficient plant on glazing bars and matching architectural bronze lock boxes and lever handles adds to experience already enjoyed by Berry Bros. & Rudd customers.
Alex Mowat says “In designing the new store we looked to ways in which products and materials could be both modern and match the tradition of high quality and excellent service of the client’s brand. We selected Secco for quality and Venturi for their service. A great combination! “
A project we supplied back in early 2016 has won a coveted RIBA Regional Award for London.
The project Designed by Allies & Morrison used our Krone Oak/Aluminium Composite windows and doors in a new T Shaped extension to the existing school.
Supplied back in late 2015 the Mayfair Hotel in Stratton St Mayfair, London features the Secco OS2 slim steel system.
The architects, Ettwein Bridges needed a slim heritage steel product but thermally broken to meet modern building requirements. Most of the glazing is fairly straight forward but one screen in particular created a bit of a challenge.
The curved screen had to be ‘flipped round’ due to it being an internally glazed system to allow for glazing and deglazing in case of damage in the future. Although uncommon this can be done with careful design and manufacture to ensure the water tightness is kept.
The system was finished in a special bronze effect polyester powder coat paint to fit in with the local architecture.
This residential project at 180 Albany St was supplied in 2016 with our Uniform Composite Inward opening window system. The architect chose a two tone effect with the anodised Aluminium external frames. The opening sash was a different shade of Bronze anodising to the fixed frame of the glazing system. Internally they opted for our brand new (at the time) polypropylene veneer finish which allows cleaning with chemicals not possible on painted timber windows.
The windows feature an inset design and a juliet balcony fixed to the glazing.
The architects are renowned practice DRMM.
Venturi UK were approached by 3X Architects to provide a suitable solution for a high end residential project in Notting Hill. The client’s brief was to have a high quality, elegant design, but high performance and security was essential. The Secco EBE65 system was selected.
The resulting system provides high thermal performance (<1.5w/m²K), and WK3 compliant security – As the photograph shows, the glazing offers clean, classic lines and is set off with architectural bronze frames.
The passing of Zaha Hadid not too long ago reminds us of our last project we supplied designed by the studio.
The Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton which won the Sterling Prize used Meinertz plinth radiators around the perimetre of the classrooms.
These robust flat fronted solutions are ideal for a school environment with hidden pipework and a 2mm thick steel wall making them resistant to the hardest of knocks and kicks.
The Centre was designed by renowned architects Reiach and Hall. The essence of the design is the creation of a matrix of courtyards that result in a porous building, an extension of the landscape that offers moments of visibility and outlook with places of privacy and inlook.
At the recent BAU 2017 buildings exhibition in Munich, Germany, Secco Sistemi unveiled two new solutions to add to their already extensive catalogue of high performing glazed solutions.
The first is a new version of the already popular OS2 system, OS2 75. This new solution is a deeper OS2 allowing for triple glazed units to be used for the first time. The increased depth also allows for tilt and turn mechanisms to be used which was not possible in the previous OS2 solution. This now makes it possible to reach a U Value target of 1.1w/m2k.
Also on display for the first time was a new BiFold door in the OS2 75 profile. With a possible height of 2.9m and with 1m wide leafs this elegant solution has the slimmest frame profiles on the market for a biFold door as only 62mm. Being triple glazed makes it possible to reach a U Value target of 1.0w/m2k in a slim tall STEEL or BRONZE BiFold door for the first time.
Finally, Secco also showed a new blackened steel finish made from using a stainless steel raw material and an acid treatment to give this dark architectural finish.
Househam Henderson Architects were commissioned to design this retail outlet for Philipp Plein for their New Bond Street store. In keeping with the exclusive nature of the Philipp Plein brand, the architect wanted to use the high quality EBE 65 painted steel shop front system from Secco Sistemi. The use of steel sections ensured that the glazed area was maximised facilitating the best view of the merchandise within
The New Mottisfont visitor Centre in the Hampshire countryside was designed by London Architects Burd Haward.
The design needed to be sympathetic to the surroundings and so the architects opted for Corten steel for the cladding and facade glazing.
The welcome centre was built in response to a rapid increase in visitors over the last few years to this national Trust property.
It contains a Visitor Reception, shop, plant sales area and toilets, as well as places to meet people and plan a visit.
The new building which opened in January 2016, won a prestigious RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) South Award 2016.
Riarch Architects – Oxford, were commissioned to refurbish a city centre office in Oxford which had a dated Crittall façade that provided very little thermal performance or sound insulation from the busy street below.
The concept was to give the building a replacement façade with a thermally broken Crittall style product offering building regulation compliant performance with elegant lines and features.
The resulting works have transformed the office into a sharp contemporary looking building, befitting of the location in Oxfords historic city centre.
With its roots dating back to 14th century (rebuilt in 1600s), Edington Priory sits in a small village on the edge of Salisbury Plain.
Following the recent purchase of the building and grounds, Ashley Associates undertook the challenge of designing a contemporary extension for the American client.
With the remit of designing a modern building that would blend with the ancient and using products and materials that would not look out of place with the past Ashley Design provided a result that has delivers on all fronts.
Secco OS2 Windows and doors have been used to add to the ethos of the building.
Eglon House is a modern house and office space tucked away in a discreet mews in Londons Primrose Hill.
Designed by Architects Chassay & Last “Eglon House is conceived as architectural homage to Pierre Chareau’s iconic Maison de Verre in Paris”.
This house uses glass blocks in front of the bronze Secco glazing for privacy whilst allowing light. The slim framed bronze windows are inward opening behind the blocks, to allow for cleaning, outward opening or fixed elsewhere.
The doors show the need for a lockbox in this system due to the elegant slim frames not having space to fit the lock mechanism.
Back in July of 2009 we were contacted by Max Fordham Consulting Engineers to help with the design of the finned tubes on the new Tate Modern designed by Herzog & De Meuron.
They were looking for a special solution to use at a very low temperature so a high output was essential and due to the special design of the building they only had a small space to fit the heating element into. Working with HDM we helped them fit the required number of tubes into the space and developed with them a special bracket to support 4 tubes in a small space.
After a number of delays and a lot of samples and paint finish discussions the final solution was chosen, manufactured and supplied through Mercury Engineering.
There are various solutions of singles, doubles and even quadruples all installed into a reveal in the bare concrete facade.
The new Tate Modern extension opened in June 2016.