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.
Clad in Siberian Larch under a green roof, the ’round house’ spirals out around a central courtyard.
There is a large multi aspect reception room/kitchen featuring full height triple glazed Danish timber windows.
This room has the ability to bring the outside in, by virtue of 4 sets of Danish triple glazed bifold doors each opening onto the circular courtyard.
The master bedroom offers full height glazing with views over open fields and the double doors open out onto a deck.
When we first started speaking about this project with architects CSK in Windsor we were informed it was very special. Not only is the design special but also the fact that this is the first building in close to 100years that has been allowed to change the whole facade, on this street.
The design of the building featured numerous Glass to Glass corners
It also Featured a special illuminated Glass Pilaster in between all the windows on the facade
Added to which some special Head details made from bespoke aluminium pressings
Delivery has now finished for the windows on a ‘New Classroom’ at Kings College School in Wimbledon.
The project by Allies and Morrison comprises of OAK Composite double glazed windows and doors from our Krone system.
The rendered image below courtesy of Moka Studio shows the new classroom complex set within the grounds of the school.
When Peter Berkin first contacted us about supplying a couple of folding doors to his house we had no idea it was going to be such an interesting project and journey.
The initial meeting around the kitchen table was informal and fact finding on both sides. Peter and Chard explained they were building a new house in their large garden and that the build would be filmed and featured on Grand Designs.
It was quickly realised we had so much more to offer than a couple of bifold doors and working with Peter’s architect we came up with a compliant spec for the rest of the glazing also.
The circular design of the building is quite unique and the main entrance and 3 extremely large picture windows are the first sign of the spectacular building you are about to see.
The central courtyard which is the most impressive, features at its centre, 4 sets of triple glazed bifold doors with angled fixed triple glazed elements above, as the building spirals upwards. The design of the brackets to support these windows was, in itself, quite a challenge.
The glazing featured is a triple glazed Scandinavian pine system, powder coated to the exact RAL colour required by the client and featuring both fixed and opening elements. Most of the opening elements are tilt and turn for excellent ventilation and easy cleaning but on the end of the building are some extremely large windows needing special design intent.
Here the wind load has to be dealt with by the frames and so a steel plate was introduced between the frames to cope with the static wind load. There is also a set of inward opening double doors to take maximum advantage of the view over open fields (we won’t mention the housing estate that sprung up!).
This was both a challenging and rewarding project to supply, as the finished building is beyond our expectations and the clients were, after Chard’s initial hard fought negotiation which would have been at home on a large contract in central London, great to work with and understanding of the things that do happen inevitably on a building site (one of the picture windows arrived with a cracked glass).
The Dun Laoghaire Library Project in Dublin is quite an impressive structure by Cork based architects Carr, Cotter & Naessens Architects.
The building makes a natural connection between the town and the Harbour. Clad in Granite the huge window frames have terrific views out over the sea. The ground floor windows feature Architectural Bronze frames, ideally suited to the marine environment and were manufactured locally by Gunn Lennon Fabrications (an approved Secco Sistemi fabricator).
The four-storey structure was built into the existing slope creating two ground floor areas and a pair of quieter upper levels, designed to offer a mixture of both social and intimate spaces.
The triple glazed lift and slide doors have a very high performance, Class 8A for Watertightness and up to 43dB for acoustic performance. The flush cill with integrated water drainage makes access easy for all.
The house which is a mixture of old stonework and new timber clad needed something to blend into the very natural setting that would be long lasting and well insulating
There are quite a number of bespoke elements on this project. From Angled glazing to large sliding doors, a special timber screen by the main entrance door and of course, the curved glazing.
Following our post a few months ago we can now reveal the finished project we have supplied at Keynesham Town Hall.
The project designed by Aedas, consists of 3 buildings clad in Brass with Aluminium framed Danish windows from Krone.
Another area of the building needed some very tall glazing which could deal with the wind load without the need for secondary steelwork behind.This was achieved by inserting a pre-designed steel plate between the frames to give the necessary stability under pressure.
One of our latest completed projects in London has a highly desirable view of some of London’s iconic structures.
The Meinertz slim trench heater, Convec, allowed us to fit perimeter heating into a very tight floor void. Any other unit would have needed a plinth, which would have had serious knock on effects to the Ballustrades and this iconic view.
Connecting to our whole house control system makes this the perfect accompaniment to our underfloor heating for dealing with the cold down draughts from the full height glazing.
The OS2 door and window system has been designed to interpret the spirit of National Heritage buildings and monuments. It recalls the slim frames of the traditional iron windows but can also perfectly fit in with more contemporary projects.
In fact the thermal break OS2 system by Secco Sistemi has been studied to meet a specific requirement faced by architects involved in the restoration projects of National Heritage buildings and monuments. For the sake of stylistic coherence and often as an answer to a precise request from the Authorities for the Architectural Heritage, the new frames have to visually recall the traditional iron frames and their slim profiles. OS2 comes as the perfect answer to this aesthetic need and does allow to combine thin profiles and cutting-edge performances.
The story of OS2 begins in Venice
The whole story begins with the restoration project of a 13th century palace located in the Dorsoduro area in Venice. The central section of the two wings windows had to be extremely thin to visually recall the original wooden windows. As a consequence, the Research and Development department of the Venetian company has designed a new system with minimal visible sections similar to those of the traditional iron windows: 47 mm for the lateral opening section and 62 mm for the central opening section. Thus the OS2 system does reproduce the shape of the traditional windows but it includes the most advanced technology. In fact the OS2 thermal break profiles offer the high standards of thermal insulation to meet the requirements of sustainable architecture.
A flexible system to stimulate creativity
To meet all the needs arising from the great diversity of projects and satisfy all the requests from the market, the OS2 range has been enlarged and has evolved. Today the range is provided in four different materials:
– painted galvanized steel
– stainless steel
– brass (copper alloy OT67)
– corten steel
It encompasses 37 different profiles and three sub-systems to allow the maximum designing freedom. The designer can choose the best solution for the facade using flush or non-flush windows and visible or invisible openings. Furthermore all aspects have been cared for in the minimum details. OS2 profiles are so thin that Secco Sistemi has redesigned a complete range of dedicated accessories that includes glazing beads, handles, hinges and hardware.
For exemple, only for the internal part of the frame, there is a choice of three different shapes for the glazing beads that may be:
OS2 and Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice
For the restoration of the monumental complex of the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice, the architect Tobia Scarpa had to comply with very specific requirements. The frames had to have the minimum visual impact and to recall the old wooden Venetian windows but they also had to guarantee very high thermal, acoustic and mechanical performances. The architect has chosen the OS2 frames in burnished brass studied and produced in cooperation with Secco Sistemi Research and Development Laboratory. The final result is functional, efficient and in complete harmony with the architectural context even in the smallest details.
Tonights (17-9-14) episode of Grand Designs featured the ‘Roundhouse” in Milton Keynes where venturi UK supplied all the windows and doors back in August 2013.
The house, an eco friendly, green roofed, triple glazed building is made from a timber frame around a central courtyard.
Our windows, which have an average U Value of approx 0.8w/m2K, are made of Powder coated Scandinavian Pine with 3 layer argon filled glass.
For more details use the contact us link
Why not go along to the Union St Cafe for a spot of dinner and take a look at the Secco OS2 windows whilst you are there.
Supplied by our approved fabricator Wellington Glazing, the Matt black powder coated OS2 are a thermally broken alternative to a Crittal style window. The frames can also come in Stainless steel, Corten steel and Bronze.
Venturi UK are proud to host representatives of some of the UK’s most prestigious architects for a tour of the Secco Sistemi factory and a private visit to the st marks basilica during the Biennale 2014 by Rem Koolhaas.
Representatives from Foster & Partners, Herzog & De Meuron, KPF, ESA, Wilkinson Eyre, Stanton Williams and Gumuchdjian were given a guided tour of the showroom, production facility and Secco Lab, by Mauro Grossi of Secco Sistemi, to give further insight into how the Bronze and steel window and door systems are made.
Next stop is a tour of Venice and a private visit to the St Marks Basilica
Wellington Glazing, a Secco approved fabricator have recently taken on the task of replacing these old single glazed metal windows with modern thermally broken OS2 from Secco Sistemi.
The OS2 is a slim thermally broken alternative to the traditional single glazed metal windows of the past. OS2 can be supplied painted or in Stainless Steel, Corten Steel or even Architectural Bronze and in heights up to 2.7m opening windows.
Here is the first look ( at our photos anyway) of the new KTH project by Aedas Architects in Keynsham near Bristol.
Venturi UK worked closely with the architect and design team for a glazing solution for this environmentally conscious building.
We supplied approximately 2000sq m of prefab glazing panels, a large number of which included acoustic louvres fitted in the factory.
The Wilmott Dixon project director in charge of the site said “Krone windows were the suppliers of windows for the Keynsham Project, and the service and quality of their product has been exceptional”
Venturi UK have supplied, through their Danish heating systems supplier Meinertz, ultra slimline trench heating to a very high end residential project in St Katherines Dock overlooking the river Thames.
The slimline Convec trench was chosen due to it being only 59mm in height and due to limited floor void space was the only solution to meet the clients requirements.
Had any other trench been used then a plinth would have been needed and the juliette balconies would have been higher spoiling the view.
The apartments show the old and the new of London, as you can see both Tower Bridge and the Shard, through the inward opening bifold doors.
The convec floorline offers fan assisted heat (25dB) in a very slim space, ideal for under full height glazing working alongside under floor heating.
Mechanical Engineer – Thornley & Lumb
Mechanical Contractor – East West Connect
Client – Hadley Homes
Venturi UK are happy to say that the recent EcoBuild show was a great success for our Steel and Bronze systems supplier Secco Sistemi.
We were really pleased with the quality of visitors to the stand and it gave us a real opportunity to showcase our products to a wider audience.
On display were our Bronze triple glazed sliding door, our Bronze 3.7m high triple glazed double inward opening window, our NEW EBE Style product aimed at the Heritage market and our NEW 2.7m high centre pivot OS2 window.
We were proud to welcome representatives from some of the worlds top architectural practices, Kohn Pederson Fox, Foster & Partners, David Chipperfield, Wilkinson Eyre, PLP, Rogers Stirk Harbour, Stanton Williams to name a few.
Again, we got excellent feedback on the slim profiles and on the enormous sizes of opening elements we can achieve.
We look forward to meeting our visitors again in the near future when hopefully we will be helping them in the design of their newest projects.
Any of you who watch ‘The Restoration Man’ who saw the 2nd January episode will be forgiven for thinking this was a show about just the windows in this project. There was a lot of focus on the windows as, George Clarke, the architect and presenter tried to persuade the clients Ali and Matt Grey to choose steel windows for their renovation of a Victorian pumping station in Darnicle Hill, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire. The windows eventually chosen were from the OS2 range of our Italian systems supplier Secco Sistemi and were steel windows finished in a matt black paint finish.
Both clients and presenter were very happy with the end result and that is testament to a very good system and a very good fabricator and installer Wellington Glazing.
The ultra slim thermally broken OS2 system is ideal for period buildings yet still provides U Values of around 1.5/1.6w/m2k. As well as being available in painted steel the system can come in stainless steel, Corten steel and Bronze.
The project was designed by Bakewell based architects Smith and Roper. The trench heater is being used to heat an extension to the main house which has full height glazing set within the stone columns. Smith and Roper are award winning RIBA architects who specialise in the creative reordering of historical and listed buildings and the realisation of dynamic new architecture.
OS2 was designed to meet the specific need to provide historical and monumental buildings with frames that were visibly similar to the old metal window. Today we extend its range from 6 to 36 profiles and add stainless steel to the current list of available materials: galvanized steel, corten steel and brass.
OS2 comes with visible profiles of only 47 mm for the lateral section and 62 mm for the central section, all made with thermal break profiles from the technologically innovative Secco System.
Our CPD ‘The Evolution of Steel Windows’, has just been given approval by RIBA as part of the RIBA CPD Core Curriculum of CPDs.
The CPD sponsored by Secco Sistemi, looks at the way performance and aesthetics of steel and bronze windows has improved over the last 100 years and focuses on comparing the properties, both negative and positive of the different systems on offer.
Use the contact us page for more details or to arrange a CPD.
Venturi UK has supplied Suffolk Developer, Greenstead Ltd, with windows for 3 houses in their latest development The Grove, in Great Yeldham, Essex.
The 3 houses are built to Code for Sustainable Homes level 4 standards and offer the best in money saving ideas.
Clad in Red Cedar and with Triple glazed Timber Aluminium windows they also feature solar heating, Air source heat pumps and rainwater harvesting.
The developers Greenstead Ltd along with their Architect, Modece Architects, have built 3 wonderful detached houses to a very high standard and energy efficiency.
Only just over 3000 other homes in the UK are built to this impeccable standard.
Click the links below for more details and click our Gallery for more images of the finished development.
Thanks to an intense designing, modelling and certifying activity, the new EBE 85 sliding door achieves top-of-the-industry performance with unique and never-tested-before certified dimensions.
A product that combines beauty, quality and comfort without compromising.
43 db noise reduction on a dimension of 4380×3000 (one fixed and one sliding door)
Class 4 air-tightness on a dimension of 3684×3093 (2 sliding doors)
Class 8A water-tightness on a dimension of 3684×3093 (2 sliding doors)
Class C3 wind load resistance on a dimension of 3684×3093 (2 sliding doors)
Uw= 1,20 W/m2K thermal transmittance on a dimension of 3800×3000 (2 sliding doors)
Sliding force required < 100 Nm for a 380 Kg door
Dimensions expressed in mm