Smith + Kennedy Architects won Commercial Project of the Year at the 2019 Irish Construction Industry Awards for Waterways House; Dublin’s new architectural landmark that showcases materials from two Porcelanosa brands - Krion and Butech.
With a view of the Grand Canal which encircles much of Dublin, Waterways House was rebuilt with a ventilated façade using 1,400 sq. metres of Krion and Butech’s technical solutions. The Krion ventilated façade brings light and balance to the building as a whole, and also allows energy savings of up to 30% to be achieved. This material was specified for this high-profile project by Smith + Kennedy Architects and the project’s construction company, John Sisk & Son.
The overall structure of the block stands out for its pure white colour and sustainable design, which was achieved using Krion compact mineral facing. Krion is a light material that is resistant to extreme temperatures, solar radiation, and bending. Its barely perceptible joints make cleaning easier and also improve the soundproofing.
To install the Krion façade, Smith + Kennedy Architects opted for the K-fix façade system, which allows Krion panels of up to 14 sq. metres to be fitted on the building, and highlights the bright colours of the windows. Each piece was installed by Butech’s in-house professional team.
The main advantage of Krion over other options is that it is 100% recyclable and can lead to energy savings of 20% to 30%, as in Waterways House, whose eco-sustainable structure is endorsed by the LEED Gold certificate. The project was undertaken by Esprit Waterways Limited.
More at: http://waterwayshouse.ie
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