any architects bring a unique vision, 1/
aesthetic to their work; Zaha thermally broken and has a U-Value the project’s completion.
Hadid was one of the most of 0.23.
“The architectural intent required
recognizable. The work of the late
“The Port House is another archi- the development of a custom system
opaque). The system is volved from schematic design through
Iraqi-British architect, who passed tectural masterpiece by Zaha Hadid consisting of segmented triangular-
away last year,can be found around the Architects. It’s a bold statement com- shaped panels with very intricate cor-
world. Many of her futuristic shapes, bining an existing building with a ner conditions connecting the wavy
curves and geometric designs are contemporary extension, which can north with the ﬂat south elevation,” he
jaw-dropping—and many use glass be seen for miles around,” says Attila says. “The artful mix between trans-
and glazing products as dominant ma- Arian, president of Schuco USA. “Its parent and opaque glass panels in
terials. One example is the Port House signal-like effect is a reference to An- combination with the angle and shape
in Antwerpen, Belgium.
twerp as the ‘city of diamonds’ and its of the individual panels changes the
The project, completed in 2016, shape, resembling the hull of a ship, appearance of the building envelope
features a freeform custom glazing symbolizes the maritime trade in the with varying intensity of daylight.”
system with triangular panels and port of Antwerp. The new building ap-
Arian adds that the project was
a ﬂexible knot system allowing out- pears to ﬂoat above the old one,and the modeled entirely in BIM.
board adjustments up to 2.5 inches. austere angular solidity of the existing
“For the estimating, design and
The gaskets are designed to accom- building with its four equal facades fabrication, Grove+ used the Schuco
modate different angles and the glaz- contrasts with the dynamic curved integrated software platform called
ing system is tied to a steel backup surface of the new building,which rep- SchueCal, which allows a seamless
structure. Schuco was the system resents the principal of a single ﬂowing transition from design to the fabrica-
provider and glass was supplied by façade like an organic object.”
Saint Gobain. The total enclosed area
tion process utilizing Schuco machin-
The fabricator and installer on the ery,” he adds.
is 42,000 square feet. It includes 452 project was Groven+ based in Puurs,
panels and 1,967 panes of glass ( /
Belgium. Arian says Schuco was in-
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