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Okalux – curved design in Melbourne

At the prestigious corner of Royal Parade in Melbourne, Australia, The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity speaks softly yet captures attention.

© Peter Bennetts Photographer

The addition to the University of Melbourne’s medical precinct houses advanced immunology research facilities is designed to consume a good 20 percent less electricity and produce 50 percent fewer greenhouse gases than a comparable building.

These savings are achieved through combined heat and power generation, the use of grey water, the greening of the roof surfaces and high-performance glazing – such as Okalux‘s OKAWOOD insulating glass with functional timber insert. Okalux has been an expert in the intelligent use of daylight as a valuable resource for decades. Their functional glass with special inserts in the space between the panes is used wherever the highest demands are placed on the lighting conditions in the interior.

Used extensively in the façade, this insulating glass with wooden louvers in the space between the panes is characterized by strong solar control, which enables glare-free, adjustable use of daylight.

A special highlight in this design is the curved fitting, which perfectly demonstrates how flexible and versatile this glass product is.

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