Su­per-thin Steel

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Sched­uled for com­ple­tion in 2020, Har­vard’s new Science and Engi­neer­ing Com­plex in Bos­ton will fea­ture a unique, en­ergy-con­scious folded steel fa­cade. The lo­cal branch of Behnisch Ar­chitek­ten col­lab­o­rated with Ger­man fab­ri­ca­tor Josef Gart­ner of Per­mas­teel­isa Group to de­velop a finely cal­cu­lated cloak­ing sys­tem that in­cor­po­rates hoods to shade the build­ing from di­rect sun­light at ev­ery an­gle. Ar­chi­tect Matt Noblett of Behnisch notes that the team ref­er­enced the op­er­a­ble ex­te­rior screens that have long been used in Europe, but cre­ated a fixed ver­sion that does not rely on mech­a­nisms that could even­tu­ally break down. Gart­ner pro­posed hy­dro-form­ing to achieve ul­tra-thin pan­els that could be folded in at the cor­ners to shield from heat gain and then per­fo­rated to mit­i­gate glare, thereby al­le­vi­at­ing heat­ing and cool­ing loads. A to­tal of 13,000 pan­els will be in­stalled to cre­ate mo­d­ules that are six storeys tall and only 1.5 mil­lime­tres thick. The screen­ing will not de­tract from views out, and from the street it will give the build­ing a “scale-less char­ac­ter.”, josef-gart­ner.per­mas­teel­is­

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