Hawa Sliding Solutions convinces architects, installers, sales partners and users with quality products, a variety of possibilities and ease of use.
That is why sliding hardware from Mettmenstetten and Sirnach is the first choice throughout the world.
The facade of the residential and commercial building in Bergamo in northern Italy protects from the sun and wind.
At work: Hawa Frontfold 20.
“Hawa hardware keeps the new hotel facade constantly in motion, changing its face from day to day.”
Christina Beaumont, Architect BDA
The guests at Hotel Lamaison in the German town of Saarlouis can open and close the shutters at the
touch of a button thanks to the Hawa Frontego 30/matic.
The hardware folds the folding sliding shutters and parks them at an angle of 90° to the window front.
“Thanks to our cooperation with Hawa, we were able to offer a comprehensive customer service instead of just a product.”
Gianluca Molteni, Häfele Italy
Operable Walls from Hawa –
Defining and optimising spaces, solving problems, saving time – our glass/metal hardware carries an impact far beyond its sliding or folding action.
HAWA sliding and folding doors combined with architectural hardware has been at the center of the innovative Swiss company ever since 1965. Hawa offer possibilities across many different settings from the Aperto 60/GL for smaller projects with smaller glass panels that need to be tucked away simply and easily into the tiniest of spaces either in a parallel or at 90o to the sliding axis to the Hawa Variotec which is king of cornering among the operable systems. The modular, pluggable track system follows your design around every twist and bend. Sliding revolving doors and sliding swinging doors can be integrated at any desired point available in both framed and framelss. For the larger projects Hawa Centrefold offers a special feature in the suspension point at the centre of the panel. You can install up to 6 panels without floor guide channels. In all other respects, you can count on the same strengths that make HAWA-Variofold 80/GV something special in its class: immense flexibility, minimal space requirements, mechanical parts integrated out of sight in the profile, high-quality running and workmanship.
The dynamic architecture – moving walls between classrooms, connections to the outside – depict a non-traditional way of learning.
Smith & Tracey has extensive experience in the educational sector and providing future-proof design solutions adaptable to evolving trends in pedagogy in Australia. This particular building incorporates the recently completed existing labs to create twenty additional flexible classrooms, large breakout areas, a demonstration kitchen, offices and student facilities. These programs are designed in a horseshoe arrangement around a sun-filled, circular outdoor gathering space.
“The building underwent an evolutionary process, testing and discarding many form-making techniques”, the architect says. Each stage of the process was documented with 3D renderings to result in a determined and functional building. What also became clear from these discussions was the need to develop a dynamic architecture that would: “Engage the students with the built environment and challenge them that there might be more independent ways of learning.”
Concept System® 77 includes a high-quality flush door system, which meets the elevated requirements regarding security, thermal insulation and stability. Different door variants are specially designed and tested for burglar resistance, fire resistance, bullet proof and solutions for panic situations, meeting the most severe European standards.
Modern education requires openness, transparency and flexibility. The forms of learning have changed. Multimedia and experience-oriented learning are making new demands of the design of teaching centers, institutes and schools. That which was once a classroom is now a multi-functional room which must constantly adapt to other teaching styles and group sizes at any time.
Flexible design elements which can be pushed into the foreground when they are needed and disappear when other media need to be used can be moved quickly and easily to the right place either manually or electronically using sliding technology.
Sliding solutions for the education area create the space for flexible and open learning. This makes learning fun, and leads to success.
Flexible Properties of Space Fluidity represents the design of space for flows of individuals, sight, sound, and air. Open spaces lend themselves to fluidity, yet can hinder fluidity if they are oppressive in their expansiveness. In such cases well-placed screens in classrooms, for example, can increase a sense of intimacy while triggering curiosity for the space that flows around the screen Such a space then becomes more engaging and less overwhelming. Such fluidity also allows for versatility and convertibility in to multi-purpose rooms. Educators must often convert spaces to accommodate for changes in enrolment, curriculum, or pedagogy. Space designed for convertibility requires an imagination for future eventualities; it should possess a degree of modularity and open-endedness at a structural level which is open to re-design for future modifications. Leggett et al, discuss modifiable spaces as spaces that invite imaginative experimentation. The design of such spaces requires much forethought, because these spaces must take into account many structural dependencies such as ceiling configuration for lighting and air circulation, and floor materials for ease of partition movement.
In such multifunctional high-activity spaces, building materials need to be easy to maintain and durable.
Longevity of building materials in schools is very important. Building materials need to withstand wear and tear and often rough treatment, putting strong emphasis on impact resistance of building materials. As the lay-out of schools is changing quite regularly, joinery will often need to be demounted and reinstalled.
Surfaces need to offer protection in low to middle impact areas, harsh treatment from students, multi-purpose halls and heavy impact areas. The life time of cabinetry or joinery, strongly dependant on its impact resistance. In such multifunctional high-activity spaces, building materials need to be easy to maintain and durable. Building materials that are used in education buildings should not negatively affect the health of the students or teachers and must contribute to a healthy indoor climate. We will look at selecting materials, finishes and building systems which reduce maintenance and replacements costs. The school environment can be tough on joinery and when it breaks can be a hazard. The best approach is to specify Australian made products that are manufactured to Australian standard or international standards in line with NCC requirements.
Low maintenance materials should be used to keep maintenance costs to a minimum and to maintain a good quality appearance for long periods of time. Therefore, building systems, materials, and finishes with minimum replacement costs are optimal. Maximising efficiency, increasing productivity and containing costs are key.
Perched on the edge of Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand’s South Island and surrounded by miles and miles of mountains, Queenstown has an enviable reputation as ‘the Southern Hemisphere’s premier four season lake and alpine resort’, a role which boosts its year-round population of 19.000 with an average 1.9 million visitors a year. The centre of Queenstown is on the north side of the lake, but much development now takes place on the sunnier north-facing side of the lake, where on a peninsula that juts out into Lake Wakatipu, known as Kelvin Heights, houses can enjoy views of lake and mountains to both north and south. It was on just such a site that New Zealander Anne and Australian Bryan Oliver purchased a plot occupied by a modest ‘bach’ or ‘crib’, to build a holiday-house for themselves, their family and friends – their permanent home being some 4000 miles away in Perth, Western Australia.
Designed by Queenstown and Aucklandbased Koia Architects, four simple box-like units clad in cedar and local schist stone step down the steeply sloping site between Peninsula Road and the lake. Thanks largely to a variety of Reynaers window and door systems, the house makes the most of its location in terms of views and light, and achieves the architect’s aim of a house where the boundary between inside and outside is blurred; this effect is reinforced by the use of the schist stone inside and outside and with grey Kerlite tiles being used for both internal and external floors. The architect wanted to create a building that responded to rather than competed with its location, while the clients wanted a house where they could spend as much time outside as inside – as Kiwis do.
Entering the house from the south, your eye is immediately drawn through to the lake and mountains beyond as the main living area is set six steps down in front of you. To the left the entrance hall leads to the staircase up to the master bedroom and guest bedroom or sitting-room. Set at the highest level of the house, Reynaers CS 77 windows placed in north, east and south walls provide these rooms with magnificent views to lake and mountains on both sides of the peninsula. The staircase that leads up to this floor is the first of several in the house lined with fins of rimu, a native New Zealand timber reclaimed from the ‘bach’ previously on the site and from other demolished properties. The rimu provides a warm thread connecting the different parts of the house, but also connects the house to its location and its past
The main living room spans the entire width of the house, combining together fire, sitting, dining and kitchen areas. Using a combination of Reynaers CP 155 large sliding doors and Reynaers CS 77 fixed windows, Koia were able to provide an entire thermally insulated and condensation-free translucent north wall, with the CP 155 windows able to be slid back to incorporate the spacious balcony as part of the living area. A deep overhang on the living room roof reduces the potential solar gain in this area from the summer sun.
A stair behind the stone wall at the west end, lit by Reynaers CS 77 windows, leads down to two further bedrooms, a bathroom and a laundry. Reynaers CP 96 sliding doors provide the two north-facing bedrooms with magnificent views as well as excellent thermal insulation. The next stair, again clad with rimu fins, leads down to the lowest level of the house. The architects have combined local materials and the latest Reynaers glazing and aluminium technology to make a stunning house that will be a pleasure to inhabit in an of Queenstown’s four diverse seasons.
What Are Glass Walls?
Technological improvements of movable glass walls and partitions in recent years have made them an increasingly popular solution for breaking up offices, classrooms, storefronts, healthcare and hospitality spaces and more. Especially as users are increasingly concerned about the spaces they occupy following COVID, glass walls and partitions provide an array of benefits.
As real estate prices rise, the more flexibility in a space, the better. Flexible elements used for space configuration, like movable glass wall partitions, present a significant advantage because they can adapt as the users’ needs change, providing creative space solutions and adjacencies to optimize spatial use. Movable partitions provide an easy method of transforming a space.
Flexibility will be an increasingly important aspect of spaces as places open back up after COVID. Open offices that once accommodated the entire staff will be reconfigured to create safe working environments. Schools will examine the best ways to integrate both hybrid and safely distanced classrooms for in-person learning. Meanwhile, we’ve already seen a pivot in the ways that entertainment and hospitality spaces—especially restaurants—have created flexible spaces that can transform depending on current CDC suggestions and local regulations. Operable glass walls and partitions are an easy addition to an existing layout and offer new builds a range of possibilities.
There are spaces that have always required flexibility, like conference rooms and convention halls. Today’s glass walls and partitions allow for quick and easy space adaptation with less personnel.
Line of Sight
There is a growing trend of having a clear line of sight in spaces. Rather than siloing individuals behind opaque walls, having a line of sight in and out of conference rooms, offices, educational spaces and more helps to encourage cohesion across teams and foster a more productive environment.
In schools, a clear line of sight allows teachers to oversee students who may be participating in a variety of different activities, creating more independent learning opportunities that are structured for different levels of learning.
Likewise, offices that provide a clear line of sight help support productivity and a feeling of unity. Especially as employees return to the office after working from home, a clear line of sight can help promote teamwork.
What’s more: a line of sight through spaces can help make the room feel more spacious.
Research has shown the psychological advantages of natural light: employees and students who work in natural light record higher levels of energy, focus and productivity; meanwhile, studies found that there can be an increase of retail sales up to 40% when skylights are installed overhead. And there are noticeable improvements to health when individuals have access to natural light. A 15-year-long study found that patients spent less time in the hospital when they were placed near a window compared to those who didn’t have access to natural light.
For spaces looking to improve the natural light that permeates throughout the building, movable glass walls offer a simple solution, replacing opaque walls and barriers, providing more integrated interiors.
What’s more: the increase of natural light throughout the space can help meet energy-efficiency goals and can help you qualify projects for WELL or LEED v4 certification points.
Acoustics have become an increasingly important factor when designing interiors. Even when it comes to movable glass partitions and sliding glass walls, higher sound control capabilities can be achieved by specifying panel styles, frames, seals and glass type for the intended use and location. By understanding the sound transmission class (STC) ratings of each element of a glass wall, better designs can be achieved with optimal acoustical performance.
A big advantage of movable glass wall partitions is that they can be top-supported, removing the need for floor tracks. When the glass wall partitions are not in use and put away, there are no unattractive and even potentially dangerous empty floor tracks that can be a potential tripping hazard. Top-supported glass wall partitions also decrease the build up of dust and dirt in grooves of the floor or carpet.
Note: Best practices for top-supported panels is to have the glass mechanically fastened when the panel is constructed rather than “clamped.”
The new student accommodation of the Bayernkolleg in Augsburg, Germany, was created alongside the restoration of the protected historic building complex of the former teacher training college at Schillstrasse 100.
With the Bayernkolleg, the building from the 1950s will be adequately used again and is also upgraded by the new home, which accommodates up to 66 students. This new building is located to the east of the school premises and, thanks to its angular staggered shape, together with the teacher training college, forms a new courtyard situation for the campus. The three-story dormitory also offers sound protection from the busy main road, creating a quiet inner courtyard.
The façade of the new building was designed with modern metal folding sliding shutters. They give the building a changeable exterior look, which changes according to the sun protection chosen by the residents. Hawa Frontfold 20 hardware was used for the 75 folding sliding shutters.
Reflective Blinds® are a far better choice for your first window dressing between the glass and your block out blind or curtain drapes. They reduce glare and give you clear views and privacy during the day.
Whether you are an architect, designer or manager of a retail space, Reflective Blinds® can be an extremely cost effective solution that can help your space save potentially thousands of dollars. Window films defend against heat, glare and ultraviolet light. Not only do these great benefits come in handy in the short term, they can significantly reduce annual energy expenditures, protect valuables from fading, and help to provide employees and patrons with a comfortable shopping experience.
Furthermore, Reflective Blinds® window films are multi-taskers, giving all sorts of benefits aside from their primary use. Two such benefits are fade reduction and anti-glare window tint. Fade protection enables significant savings, helping prolong the lifespan of merchandise and valuables. It also works to protect a wide variety of items including personal care products, perishable goods, and much more. Glare reduction is another multi-tasking benefit that comes with energy efficiency and to some extent security. Shoppers use electric devices more and more, phones, tablets, laptops, as are employees in the everyday task of business. Glare makes all these glass screens difficult to see. In order to reduce eyestrain and squinting, Reflective Blinds® window films offer glare reduction along with their other main benefits.
Durability of Aluminium Combined with Its UV-Resistant Coating Makes Reynears Aluminium Systems an Optimal Choice
Choosing aluminium means choosing for an almost lifelong, maintenance-free material. The durability of the aluminium, combined with its UV-resistant coating makes the systems extremely easy to maintain. Some water, a sponge and a neutral, non-scratching soap are sufficient to give your aluminium systems a good maintenance. This is of course a big difference with wooden systems that need to be treated or repainted every couple of years.
In some cases however, windows can be extremely dirty. Reynaers offers all necessary care products, which can be ordered through your local Reynaers fabricator. These products offer the total solution for the cleaning and maintenance of your aluminium systems.