Jan '16 | Deaconess House and Velfac
Velfac have produced a case study featuring Deaconess House; our Edinburgh Student accommodation scheme.
'Deaconess House, a major student accommodation project for the University of Edinburgh, features VELFAC windows in a series of impressive, innovative new-build blocks linked to a refurbished Victorian hospital.
Deaconess House is a complex development, architecturally and structurally, and Tryfon worked closely with the VELFAC team in order to achieve a very specific result. Facing the street, VELFAC is used as punch-hole windows and to create an upper storey glazed facade, while the inner courtyard features a dramatic ‘shifted geometric’ design. ‘We used VELFAC glazing within a natural stone cladding system to deliver a sharp, mature exterior,’ comments Tryfon, ‘and at the upper levels, where a lighter aesthetic was demanded, we installed VELFAC units within glazed spandrel panels to give the effect of curtain walling but at a scale appropriate to the neighbouring refurbished hospital building.’ To achieve the ‘more abstract’ courtyard facades, VELFAC windows and doors were installed within a perforated mesh panel system. ‘Across the building the uniform VELFAC sightlines are used to bring together the external and courtyard facades, providing a visual link which also helps unify the development. Achieving this unity depended on the successful installation of the VELFAC system within these different interfaces, and both the VELFAC technical team and the company’s installers provided the excellent support we needed to achieve our goal.’