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How Do Double-Skin Façades Work?

Double skin façades. Almost a self-explanatory name for façade systems consisting of two layers, usually glass, wherein air flows through the intermediate cavity. This space (which can vary from 20 cm to a few meters) acts as insulation against extreme temperatures, winds, and sound, improving the building's thermal efficiency for both high and low temperatures. Perhaps one of the most famous examples of double-skin facades is Foster+Partners' 30 St Mary Ax Building, "The Gherkin."

The airflow through the intermediate cavity can occur naturally or be mechanically driven, and the two glass layers may include sun protection devices.

© Cemal Emden © Martin Van der Wal © Sergio Grazia © Cemal Emden + 11

Aurora Place / Renzo Piano Building Workshop

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  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Renzo Piano Building Workshop
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2000

Dapto Anglican Church Auditorium / Silvester Fuller

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Dapto, Australia
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Silvester Fuller
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2011