The recent redevelopment of the food court at Kings Mall Shopping Centre, on a five-acre site in London’s Hammersmith area, exposed up some interesting and complex challenges, which were solved by Kalwall.
As part of ongoing work, the new residential apartments above the shopping centre were being negatively affected by light pollution and a lack of privacy from visitors looking through the food court atrium.
To solve this issue, owners and developers, Schroders, chose to install Kalwall translucent cladding around the whole of the atrium.
This screened the external courtyard above, which mitigated the problems around privacy, while maintaining the maximum levels of interior daylight.
Installed in a Verti-Kal pattern, the Kalwall panels complement the industrial feel of the redevelopment and its hard concrete and stone surfaces, while providing several benefits for shoppers and residents alike.
This project superbly illustrates the advantages of Kalwall over traditional glazing; here, it offers complete line-of-sight protection, maintaining privacy for the residents and controlling light pollution, while bathing the interior with diffused daylighting, regardless of the weather.
The panels are lightweight, but extremely durable with supreme resistance to impact and scratching. They are also vandal resistant, with good protection against windborne debris.
In addition, Kalwall’s insulating properties mean U-values as low as 0.28 can be achieved, while daylight is driven deeper into the interior space below, therefore reducing energy costs for both artificial lighting and temperature control.
The exterior face is colour stable and includes a UV resistant, self-cleaning surface, meaning normal rainfall helps to keep the surface free of dust and dirt whilst, at the same time, retaining the original colour during the weathering process, which all helps to reduce the costs of maintenance and cleaning.
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