City & Islington College, is a 3-story educational building in Camden, London, UK. A new glazed skin was installed in front of the existing facade, creating a buffer zone, which enables the center to meet guidelines for temperature and environmental control through sustainable means. The design allowed for the glazing to accommodate all specified movements and tolerances of the primary structure, together with environmental occupancy and wind loading. The glass skin opens at top and bottom and expand all the main facade of the building. The facade comprises accentuated horizontal bands fritted glass with four different degrees of translucency.
Timber louvered solar shading were added on the south side of the building. Comfortable temperatures are achieved in these zones, without the need for air-conditioning. To ensure sustained durability in this high traffic environment, EAG employed a high performance aluminium system from Schuco International, predominantly an anodized FW60+ curtain walling, accentuated with 100mm aerofoil capping to the transom’s on the main facade of the north elevation, and a mixture of FW50+ curtain walling, RS50 windows and RS65 doors elsewhere on the project.