Harim Pet Food Factory and Visitors Center

INTRODUCTION:

In the realm of contemporary architecture, the synergy between form and function is pivotal. When approached with a project like the Harim Pet Food Factory and Visitors Center, architects from The Beck Group understood the significance of not only fulfilling functional requirements but also weaving an artistic narrative through architectural design. The challenge at hand encompassed addressing daylighting concerns and integrating a polycarbonate system that could harmonize with the project’s architectural vision.

REQUIREMENTS

The project’s requirements were multifaceted, demanding an intricate balance between pragmatic utility and aesthetic allure. The architects were tasked with optimizing natural daylight penetration within the building while also fostering a unique visual identity that mirrored the ethos of the brand. The design needed to resonate with the factory’s operations, creating an inviting ambiance for visitors while maintaining an efficient production environment. The integration of a polycarbonate system was sought not only to accentuate aesthetics but also to ensure sustainability and energy efficiency.

SOLUTIONS

To address these challenges, The Beck Group architects meticulously evaluated available options. Given their dedication to enhancing daylighting and their penchant for precision, the Danpal Facade System emerged as the ideal solution. This choice resonated with the architects due to its remarkable compatibility with the project’s requirements and the studio’s design ethos.

The selected Danpal Facade System, incorporating the Danpalon® panel of 16mm thickness in the elegant “Ice” color, offered an array of attributes that aligned seamlessly with the project’s demands. The transparency of the polycarbonate panel enabled the infusion of ample natural light into the interior spaces. The Danpalon® panel not only diffused the incoming light, reducing glare and creating a comfortable environment, but it also delivered enhanced insulation properties, contributing to the overall energy efficiency of the structure.

The polycarbonate system not only addressed the daylighting prerequisites but also resonated artistically with the project’s essence. The sleek and modern appearance of the Danpalon® panel, coupled with its versatility, complemented the brand’s innovative spirit while merging effortlessly with the architectural vision crafted by The Beck Group.

RESULTS

The outcomes of integrating the Danpal Facade System into the Harim Pet Food Factory and Visitors Center project are a testament to the harmonious blend of functionality and aesthetics. The interior spaces are suffused with a natural radiance that uplifts the atmosphere and creates a welcoming ambiance for both employees and visitors. The Danpalon® panel’s diffusion of light has reduced the strain on occupants’ eyes while also curbing the need for artificial lighting during daylight hours, thus leading to a significant reduction in energy consumption.

Externally, the facade has become a statement piece, reflecting the brand’s commitment to innovation and sustainability. The polycarbonate system, with its ability to seamlessly integrate natural lighting with the architectural canvas, has redefined the factory’s exterior presence. It stands as a true reflection of the commitment of both The Beck Group and Danpal Facade System to functional elegance.

 

FINAL WORDS:

In conclusion, the partnership between The Beck Group’s architectural acumen and the capabilities of the Danpal Facade System has transcended mere construction. It has forged an environment that fosters productivity, beauty, and sustainability, all while echoing the values of the Harim Pet Food Factory and Visitors Center. This case study stands as a testament to the transformative potential of well-chosen materials and design decisions in shaping a space that resonates with both form and function.

 

 

L’alqueria del Basket

INTRODUCTION:

In this case study, we explore the successful implementation of the Danpal Facade System at L’alqueria del Basket, a renowned basketball training facility in Valencia, Spain. This project highlights the effective utilization of the Danpal Facade System, featuring Danpalon® panels with a thickness of 30mm and a captivating “Softlite Opal” color. The chosen polycarbonate solution surpassed the project’s requirements, offering a harmonious blend of aesthetics, functionality, energy efficiency, and durability.

BACKGROUND:

L’alqueria del Basket is a state-of-the-art basketball facility designed to cater to professional athletes and enthusiasts alike. The project aimed to create a visually striking structure that also prioritized functionality, energy efficiency, and sustainability. With an emphasis on natural lighting, the architect sought a polycarbonate system that could seamlessly integrate into the building’s design and provide a host of benefits.

 

REQUIREMENTS:

The architect outlined several key requirements for the project:

Aesthetics: The system should offer a modern and visually appealing facade to enhance the architectural design of the facility.

Daylighting: The chosen solution should maximize the use of natural light, creating a vibrant and inviting environment while reducing energy consumption.

Thermal Performance: The system should provide effective insulation to maintain a comfortable indoor climate throughout the year.

Durability: The materials used should withstand the rigors of constant use and exposure to external elements, ensuring long-term performance and minimal maintenance.

Customization: The ability to customize the appearance and features of the facade to align with Lalqueria del Basket’s branding and unique identity.

 

SOLUTIONS:

After careful evaluation of available options, the Danpal Facade System emerged as the ideal choice for L’alqueria del Basket. Key features of the chosen solution included:

Danpalon® Panels: The 30mm thick Danpalon® panels offered exceptional transparency, durability, and versatility, making them an excellent fit for the project. The captivating “Softlite Opal” color was selected to create a visually stunning effect and enhance the diffusion of natural light within the facility.

 

Daylight Management: The translucent nature of the Danpalon® panels allowed for the effective utilization of daylight, reducing the need for artificial lighting during the day. The system incorporated light diffusing properties, ensuring a pleasant and glare-free indoor environment.

Thermal Efficiency: The Danpal Facade System provided excellent thermal insulation, reducing heat transfer and optimizing energy efficiency. This capability helped maintain comfortable indoor temperatures throughout the year, minimizing the facility’s reliance on heating and cooling systems.

Customization and Branding: The System offered a high degree of customization, allowing the architect to incorporate Lalqueria del Basket’s branding elements into the facade design. This ensured a unique and recognizable appearance for the facility.

 

RESULTS:

The implementation of the Danpal Facade System at L’alqueria del Basket yielded exceptional results:

Architectural Brilliance: The polycarbonate facade, utilizing Danpalon® panels with a thickness of 30mm and the captivating “Softlite Opal” color, provided a visually striking and contemporary appearance, enhancing the overall architectural design of the facility. Its transparent and translucent properties created a sense of openness and vibrancy.

Abundant Natural Light: The Danpal Facade System maximized the use of natural light, creating a bright and inviting environment within the facility. This not only enhanced the user experience but also significantly reduced energy consumption by minimizing the reliance on artificial lighting during daylight hours.

Optimal Indoor Comfort: The excellent thermal insulation properties of the Danpal Facade System ensured consistent and comfortable indoor temperatures throughout the year. Occupants of Lalqueria del Basket could enjoy a pleasant environment for training and other activities without excessive energy consumption.

Durability and Low Maintenance: The high-quality materials used in the Danpal Facade System, including the 30mm thick Danpalon® panels, provided exceptional durability, withstanding the demands of a busy sports facility and exposure to external elements. The system’s robust construction minimized the need for frequent maintenance, resulting in cost savings over time.

 

CONCLUSION:

The successful implementation of the Danpal Facade System, featuring Danpalon® panels with a thickness of 30mm and the captivating “Softlite Opal” color, at Lalqueria del Basket showcases the immense potential of polycarbonate solutions in creating visually stunning, energy-efficient, and sustainable architectural designs. The seamless integration of the panels, along with their customizable features, contributed to the facility’s unique identity while delivering exceptional performance. The project exemplifies the transformative capabilities of polycarbonate systems in modern architecture.

Pwllheli Welsh National Sailing Academy

STATE OF THE ART SAILING CENTRE AND MULTI-PURPOSE VENUE

Danpalon Facade Cladding and Roofing in a Stunning New Building
A combined international centre of sailing and multi-purpose event space needed to tackle the environmental challenges presented by its coastal location, while responding to the varied needs of its different user groups. Danpalon® played a major role in enabling the new building’s unique design.

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BACKGROUND

The Welsh National Sailing Academy, Pwllheli was conceived to achieve two clear objectives: to provide Wales with a state-of-the-art international centre of excellence for sailing and to provide the local community with a flexible multi-purpose event venue.

Working closely with the Academy and Gwynedd County Council, Ellis Williams Architects made Everlite Concept’s Danpalon polycarbonate cladding and roofing panel system a key component in its innovative building design.

REQUIREMENTS

Pwllheli Wesl National Sailing Academy 5Situated on an exposed North Wales peninsula between the Irish Sea and the Afon Erch river estuary, the Academy building project presented the architects with a unique set of design challenges:

  • Although with a predominantly south- westerly bias, the strong coastal wind directions the building needed to contend with were highly
  • The building needed to serve both the beach and training bay on the eastern side of the peninsula and the Marina and events compound on the western
  • It also needed to provide easy access for four distinct visitor groups: the general public, sailors, the sailing boats and event delivery
  • A central multi-purpose space was needed that would be able to accommodate fully rigged sailing boats and provide a high level of natural light for preparing boats and scrutinising by competition

 

SOLUTIONS

Based on the classic principle of ‘form following function’, Ellis Williams Architects produced a unique spiral building design centred on a large circular main hall, enabling boats to be towed in and out with ease while being protected from the variable wind conditions.

Curved public terraces overlooking sailing competitions in the bay are situated to the more sheltered north western side, with a glazed café area offering stunning panoramic views of both the bay and the Snowdonia National Park beyond. On the opposite side, a bar and terrace looks out towards the marina.

Crucially, in order to maximize the amount of natural daylight entering the circular main hall and the public viewing gallery above, the architect specified Everlite’s Danpalon translucent polycarbonate panel cladding system for both the eliptical hall façade and the roof.

To complement the project’s extensive use of natural stone gabions, sea grass banking and treated softwood building materials clear (uncoloured) Danpalon panels were selected and pre-treated with Everlite’s Softlite panel finish to limit light glare and achieve a subtle matt finish.

With a mechanical strength more than capable of withstanding the strongest winds sweeping the North Wales peninsula, the Danpalon system also gave the architects the opportunity to install coloured LED lighting for building illumination at night.

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RESULTS

Using the Danpalon panel system for both facade cladding and roofing has ensured a consistently high quality of natural light in the Sailing Academy’s central hall and public areas, irrespective of the prevailing weather conditions. The need for artificial lighting has been minimised as a direct result.

The flexibility of the product’s fast-install, modular construction has been demonstrated to its fullest extent in its application to the architect’s exquisitely curved spiral façade and circular roof design.

Danpalon has also enabled a variety of attractive night time building illumination effects to be achieved using energy- efficient coloured LED lighting, while its excellent thermal properties mean the central hall is able to function as an unheated event space.

Since its opening the academy has hosted a series of national, European and world sailing events and in its first year attracted more then 30,000 visitors from over 42 countries, having a very positive impact on the local economy.

With its unique and stunning aesthetic appearance, the Welsh National Sailing Academy has won a series of national architecture prizes including the RIBA Regional, LABC, ICE and CEW awards.

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DMARS – ESTABLISHMENT OF SPACE MISSIONS SIMULATION CENTER MEETING HABITAT

DANPAL GOES TO MARS

The project is a space analog habitat for 6 Analog Astronauts. These kinds of habitats are designed to prepare for challenges humanity will face in future space exploration. They are rare. In fact, there are just a handful spread out around the world. Until now, none of them were originally designed by engineers. The issue of how to make these habitats feel like home was less discussed.

To add to the challenge, we only had 4 months from the design of the structure to the building and use by a six Analogue Astronaut team. To add some flavor to the challenge, we wanted this to be a course for students. The Technion’s Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning provided the basic setting and soon an interdisciplinary team of students from various faculties assembled for the task.

The concept was how to create a small space that would be easy to transport, could become larger when deployed and feel like home in a very unwelcoming environment.

DMARS

HARNESSING THE POWER OF DAYLIGHT

As we met with the students and brainstormed, we felt we needed to introduce lightness and warm luminosity into this habitat. The connection with the outside environment via the presence of light kept coming back to each discussion.The building needed to be light so it would be easy to transport, look and feel light and would be easy to connect to.

THE VISION

We started with a basic module of a 15sqm shape and explored different shape typologies and how they could expand to accommodate larger spaces. The best option we came up with, together with the students that met our timing & budgetary constraints was a rectangle that we could deploy to a hexagonal shape with a space of about 50sqm.

The right wing contains the sleeping area and the control room, the left wing contains the labs, while the inner rectangle is the heart of the building and includes all the life support systems such as water and electricity, as well as common functions such as the entrance and kitchen areas. The sleeping area consists of six small capsules, Japanese Sleep Capsules, each with a bed and a space for personal belongings to give a sense of privacy and to create an intimate space for each member of the staff.

This allowed us to answer various transportation constraints and meet the habitat’s programmatic needs. From that point, we started to explore various materials for the habitat, with the skin being key issue. We wanted something that would be able to not only accommodate our climatic constraints but to introduce light in the unique way we were talking about.

Danpal answered all these needs. The system is light and easy to use. Our students and volunteers are not professional builders. With these products and techniques we could achieve this ambitious project and more. Secondly and just as importantly, we saw in Danpalon panels a product that we could keep on developing according to our progress. In fact, from the moment we received the panels from the factory we started to believe we could build this Habitat.

THE EFFECT OF GEOGRAPHY ON DESIGN

DMARSThe geography of the place has extreme importance in this case, since both the environment and the building need to act as one cohesive unit and as reliable simulation for the Astronaut team.

We also needed to ensure that the habitat would not harm the environment since this is one of Israel’s most revered and well protected national treasures, so we aimed for a light structure that could be easily deployed without harming the environment but at the same time could be resilient enough to cope with the harsh environment.

When building this type of analogue building there is always the tension between the desired environment that it is planned for and the real environment here on earth that it is located in. In many ways both the environment and the building act as a “real- fake” set design to assist the astronauts in their simulation mission.

With extreme climate in mind, such as the average temperature of around -65°c degrees on Mars and considering the high temperature at the Negev desert, we needed a skin material that would be able to handle these temperature changes and act as an effective shield to solar radiation.

CREATING THE AESTHETIC VISION WITH DANPAL PANEL

The Danpal 901 panels, in an opal soft light color, allowed us to meet the location’s climatic challenges and was an answer to our needs as it was a light material that would not be affected by transport constraints and that introduced the very special soft & diffused light that we were looking for.

“We put a lot of emphasis on usability without compromising on comfort and a sense of home,” explains Shikar

Has the material worked in the way you expected in your original expectations?

Yes and even more so. The different looks during the day and with artificial lighting at night are a great bonus surprise that we absolutely relish.

We also found that we can fill the panels with water, increasing their solar absorption capabilities. This was just a test that we were unable to explore due to time constraints but would love to in the future.

 

WAVE PULSATION ALONG THE SEINE

PROJECT NAME: La Bongarde Mall

LOCATION: Villeneuve-la-Garenne, France

PRODUCT: Facade Danpal® 16 600 Clear Lilas, Softlite, 7 000 m²

ARCHITECT: Roux Ingénierie / P. Pierrou – DGLA, France

CONTRACTOR: SMAC, France

DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT:

THE NEED: A gigantic project in Villeneuve-la-Garenne boasts 250,000 m² of developed surface and 86,000 m² of leasable space along the Seine, with five floors and three parking areas, in a district calling out for renewal. The complex, triangular site is squeezed in between major thoroughfares and required powerful architecture.

THE DANPAL SOLUTION: The principle behind the project is that of a triangular mall with two crossing malls that form a window on the Seine side, and overlook the city on the other. Each wall of the mall expresses a particular relationship to the city. On the Seine side, the iridescent Danpal® wall is laid out in successive waves that overlap and are lit in pulsations. At night, the luminous lighting resembles the flowing of water.

THE RESULT: Initially designed as backlighting, the ultimate solution features outdoor LED lighting, with a light scenario that changes over time. On this side of the mall, the unique light and shape makes the wall really stand out.

CUBES OF LIGHT

PROJECT NAME: Sports Complex

LOCATION: Alès, France

PRODUCT: Facade Danpatherm K7 Opal and Clear Softlite, 2,100 m²

ARCHITECT: Agence Didier Richard, France

CONTRACTOR: MCM Mériodionale de Constructions Métalliques, France

DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT:

THE NEED: The new sports complex in Alès aspires to being a functional place, serving local schools and the city’s sports associations. “Rather than a sports palace, the mayor wanted a tool for the city, with a controlled building cost”, explains Didier Richard, the project architect.

THE DANPAL SOLUTION: Two L-shaped adjacent buildings, fully covered with Softlite clear and opal Danpatherm K7 and reinforced with high protection treatment. One is a classic design and includes a handball and basketball court with a ceiling height of 7m, while the other is lower, 4m in height, and houses martial arts rooms. “We designed two transparent and bright boxes that are neutral during the day and liven up at night thanks to the strip lights, bringing out the adhesive silhouettes of players stuck on the walls”, Didier Richard explains.

THE RESULT: During the day, the walls allow sunlight to enter whatever the time, giving the space the benefit of natural light and limiting the use of artificial lighting. The walls also provide the thermal insulation necessary for this kind of building. According to Didier Richard, “about fifteen degrees is sufficient for the activities that take place in the building. It is not heated when unused and if it gets too hot, a natural ventilation system on the roof handles the extraction of warm air”.

BRILLIANCE & OPALESCENCE

PROJECT NAME: ELSA

LOCATION: Liverpool (UK)

PRODUCT: Facade Danpal® Double 16, 1,040 mm, Ice, 1,513 m²

ARCHITECT: David Millington, BDP (UK)

CONTRACTOR: Weatherwise (UK)

DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT:

THE NEED: The triangular building of the Enterprise South Liverpool Academy (ESLA) is an educational centre that welcomes 1,100 students. Danpal’s brief was to create materials expressing the values of this place of learning.

THE DANPAL SOLUTION: A brick base represents the soundness and durability of education, upon which rests a strip of reflective aluminium, like a protective shell that surrounds the building. The strip stretches from the north entrance to the south side, where it rises to form an impressive signage before plunging and winding around the learning spaces. By contrast, right next to the school, the sports hall plays on transparency. This rectangular building, connected to the school by the aluminium strip, is covered with double skin Danpal® cladding. The Danpal® double skin system was chosen for its thermal efficiency, and the ice color for its ability to transmit light that creates a clear, white, luminous atmosphere inside the sports room. It was also chosen for the evenness it gives to the wall. Its finish and neutral color work very well with the aluminium, while contrasting with the solid base created by the black bricks.

THE RESULT: The materials chosen express the values of learning: a brick base for the durability of education, reflective aluminium acts as a protective shell, and the ice color Danpal® double skin system transmitting light to create a luminous atmosphere inside the sports room.

A HOTEL MERGED WITH THE LANDSCAPE

PROJECT NAME: B&B Hostel

LOCATION: Gujan Mestras, France

PRODUCT: Ventilated Danpal® BRV 16, 1040 mm Ice, Clear Softlite, Green, Empire, 1 890 m²

ARCHITECT: Arthur Péquin, Blamm Architectes, France

CONTRACTOR: GCEB, France

DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT:

THE NEED: The guiding principle of the building is the conservation and enhancement of the landscape’s qualities around modern architecture.

THE DANPAL SOLUTION: Danpal® was used for the walls of the B&B hotel due to its ability to reflect the landscape of the pine forest in Gujan-Mestras in the Bay of Arcachon. The building is designed as a monolithic element, both in its form and through the use of a unique material to cover the walls, with as minimized land space requirements as possible. The result is a dense and vertical building that maintains the view of the pines at the back of the site. The hotel rises three floors on the north side to four on the south side, which brings the whole unit to life by creating an impression of movement. The integration of the hotel into the site is optimised by the Danpal® walls that reflect the pine forest, while their translucent nature gives the building a blurred and ambiguous look.

RESULTS: The material reacts to the slightest change in the natural light of the sky over the Bay of Arcachon, with colour effects and random reflections. The choice of colors (Green, Empire, Ice and Clear Softlite) complete the integration of the building into its forest environment. From afar, green dominates, merging into the pine landscape.

A CHURCH OF LIGHTS

PROJECT NAME: Saint Thomas Church

LOCATION: Vaulx-en-Velin, France

PRODUCT: Facade Danpal® 16 and 20, 600 mm, Clear and Ice Softlite, 850 m²

ARCHITECT: Franceenchie Cristogatin, [Siz’-ix] Architectes, France

CONTRACTOR: Franceanck Saine, France

DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT:

THE NEED: To incorporate lightness and luminosity into the new Saint-Thomas church, a place of sharing and community, while conveying the idea of renewal.

THE DANPAL SOLUTION: Inside the church, Danpal® created a luminous atmosphere through the interplay of bluish projections from a large vertical stained-glass window on the choir side and the warm tones of the printed curtain wall on the entrance side. Thermal constraints required a specific study which prompted the use of a Danpal® double skin for a long wall, bringing stability, light and increased depth.

Outside the church, the sun creates reflections on the crystal colour of the wall crisscrossed by yellow protruding cubes that form, in braille, the first word of the message of Saint Thomas: “Allons” (“Let us go”) – a universal message of hope, congregation and energy.

THE RESULTToday, the Saint-Thomas church is home to a thriving, highly diverse community, and is filled with song, light and luminosity every Sunday.