The sector is extremely positive about the economic development of Berlin's Kreuzberg district. Investors acquired the plot, which adjoins the German Patent Office building on its north-east side, back in 2008. A 55-room hotel has now been built right next door to the Patent Office. The Yard, an eight-storey high, approximately 70-metre long residential building, stands opposite this, along the entire north side of the plot. The building's 51 residential units are characterised by a simple façade on the north side while , on the south side, a landscape of ever-changing balconies proves that no two apartments are alike here. The two-storey penthouses, with their elegant lines and volumes, are a particular highlight.
Wind-proof sun protection
Külby's architects set demanding requirements for the penthouses' sun protection
. Not only did it have to be sleek and the right colour, it had to be stripe-free. Above all, the vertical screens had to be storm-proof. The architects supplied the window manufacturers with the specifications for the vertical awnings. In their search for technically mature awnings with a sophisticated design, the installer turned to the Belgian market leader Renson. It was the first company in Europe to develop storm-proof awnings. This manufacturer's range of products now includes almost all known applications of vertical awnings, in combination with ventilation systems, for both new builds and retrofits.
For the penthouses at The Yard, vertical Fixscreens
with straight-lined cases in a square, extruded aluminium design and equally straight-lined lateral aluminium reveals were ordered. The reveals with integrated guide rails cleanly cover the entire installation, which is only 19 cm thick, including insulation and plaster, in the window reveal area. This creates a simple and elegant solution around the large windows. In a colour matching the bronze-coloured aluminium windows, the screens slot seamlessly into the façade fronts.
Fixscreen: guided and transparent
Renson's Fixscreens were the world's first truly wind-resistant vertical awnings. This was achieved thanks to the screens' high-quality extruded aluminium profiles and many new technical solutions. These include side guides with a zipper system and heavy, robust end rails.
The range of different materials, colours and properties of modern fabrics are crucial to the screens' economic success. Impressive glass fibre fabrics, for example, with their embossed and coloured fabric structure and great decorative impact. Fabric colour plays a decisive role in heat transfer, light filtering, UV protection and the colour of light inside the room. Coated polyester fabrics can be completely opaque and dark, or they can be translucent and provide different degrees of transparency, as desired.
Sleek, high and over-corner
Renson's storm-proof screens
are available up to a maximum size of 22 m² and up to a height of 6 metres. This allows a single piece of storm-proof fabric to span two storeys. Just such an awning was installed on a two-storey window in one of these exclusive penthouses.
Berlin's The Yard also used large fabric awnings to reach around corner windows. This particular solution, also invented by Renson, is called Panovista Max
and can shade corner windows in a single unit. The Panovista Max features two pieces of fabric from two separate cases connected at the corner using a zipper. When lowered, it provides seamless, completely closed over-corner sun protection. And if you lower it all the way to the ground, these awnings also act as mosquito protection. The over-corner awning can be used on window fronts up to 6 metres wide and up to 3.4 metres high, both sides combined. The maximum total area of a Panovista Max awning is 30 m².
With a wide range of high quality fabrics, specially designed extruded aluminium profiles with integrated guide rails in the reveals, slim screen cases and special heavy-duty screen end rails, Renson offers a versatile screen system with a wide range of applications. This wide range of products provides adapted solutions for each of the building's different penthouses while maintaining a uniform and unobtrusive appearance.