“Okalux,” a proprietary light diffusing system was incorporated within the double glazed units, it’s cellular nature considerably improved visual comfort internally.
The “main node” consists of a structurally siliconed concave facade and a bolted glass screen which forms the principle entrance to the building. Each glass pane to this element is individually supported by a stainless steel fusion support with 4 arms which in turn is fixed to the main supporting structure of circular hollow sections.
The main entrance is crossed via 2 glass tunnels called “Panoramic Science Corridors”, these projecting glazed screens are fixed with specially formulated bolt fixings welded to the supporting structure.
The “mini nodes” follow the same concept as the bay windows on the main node, with the addition of Brise Soleil which follow the facetted line of the cladding..
An unusual fixing method was adopted with the introduction of stainless steel tie rods which are fixed into special grooves within the mullions.
The two stair cores are both fully glazed, therefore, due to their transparency, all the bracketary and fixings have been fabricated from stainless steel in a style which aesthetically complements the façade.