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Modular Skylights in Utopia Library | VELUX Commercial
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Modular Skylights in Utopia Library | VELUX Commercial

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    Skylight
  • Applications

    Commercial, public, sloped, flat, and saw tooth roofs
  • Characteristics

    Prefabricated, corner solutions, modular
  • Certification

    BREEAM Excellent rating

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With a vibrant and light aesthetic, the name Utopia is a fitting for this city library located in Belgium. In 2018, the group KAAN Architecten transformed the former military school structure into a contemporary library and performance arts academy through a unique approach to the traditional library typology. In collaboration with Dutch window company VELUX, the building was renovated into a natural and inviting public space.

Design Concept

KAAN Architecten chose modern materials such as raw concrete, light filled walls and roof to create a relaxing feeling inside the spaces. To connect the library, rehearsal studios, auditorium, and teaching areas, a network of VELUX skylights were installed for a continuous look. As an added benefit, the VELUX Skylights provide fresh indoor air ventilation. Thus, the 64 Atrium Longlight skylight panels form a striking and extensive glass roof network.

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Project Details

Location Aalst, Belgium
Project type Renovation
Architect KAAN Architecten
Contractor Groep Van Roey
Installer MEIRE NV
Year of construction 2018
Products used 64 Atrium Longlight panels

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