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Jaquet Droz Swiss Watch Manufactory / atelier oï

Jaquet Droz Swiss Watch Manufactory / atelier oï

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  • Construction Management:Ortech Sàrl
  • Hvac & Sanitary Ingeneer:Röschi + Partner AG
  • Technical Office In Electricity:BMS SA, Avry
  • Texte:Nicole Grumser
  • HVAC:Röschi + Partner AG
  • Sanitary Engineer:Röschi + Partner AG
  • Technical Office In Electricity:BMS SA, Avry
  • City:La Chaux-de-Fonds
  • Country:Switzerland
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© Yves Andre
© Yves Andre

Text description provided by the architects. In order to bring out the concept of a sculptural object, North and South facades are made of “structural glazing”. That choice enables totally flush external surfaces without any visible façade profiles.

© Yves Andre
© Yves Andre

The mirror glazing provides the building with an elegant and precious character but also contributes to the high level of comfort of the workspaces.

© Yves Andre
© Yves Andre

In fair weather conditions, the nature reflects on the facades, and under outdoor lower light levels, the indoor craft activity becomes the highlighted scene.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

Glazing composition:

- 6mm-thick outer pane: Silver Antelio float glass, tempered on outside face ,with silkscreen printed edges

© Yves Andre
© Yves Andre

- 22mm glazing space: argon gas and black aluminium spacers

© Yves Andre
© Yves Andre

- 6mm-thick inner pane: thermally toughened, heat-soak treated glass with low-emissivity coating

© Yves Andre
© Yves Andre

That double glazing both insures solar control - by reducing solar gain - and enhances thermal insulation. Antelio outer panes have a metallic coating applied on the glass through a pyrolysis process which gives them a mirror shine. The spandrels are made of tempered glass.

© Yves Andre
© Yves Andre

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Address:Crêt-du-Locle, 2322 La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

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Cite: "Jaquet Droz Swiss Watch Manufactory / atelier oï" 23 May 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/629159/jaquet-droz-swiss-watch-manufactory-atelier-oi> ISSN 0719-8884
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