A Façade Developed from the Ground Up
Challenges to comply with Volvo’s wishes and requirements were quickly revealed as the existing façade could not carry much load. Typically, modern glazing systems are anchored at the top of a structure, and supported as it runs downwards. In this case, it was necessary to shift down the load to the ground and, as part of a bespoke solution, carry the weight of the façade from the bottom plate, which was as Daniel Nestenborg describes, ‘an exciting challenge.’
The next challenge in the design of the facade came from dealing with the existing building condition. This was particularly difficult as the design incorporates an old building with openings of approximately 3 meters that could not be widened to meet the modern, expansive design requirements with openings of 15-20 meters. As a result, the design responded so that the old windows were designed as crisp, white, isolated ‘boxes’ sealed tight to the outer glass. ‘In essence, the solution acts like a double façade, or exoskeleton,’ explains Nestenborg.