· KaneSterling · 2250 Powell Avenue · Erie, Pennsylvania 16506 · 800.773.2439 · Quality Since 1890 · Made in USA ·

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Architectural Windscreens Defined

When designing an outdoor restaurant, bar, pool, or other type of rooftop amenity or establishment, there's no question that windscreens are an architectural essential.
Sterling Dula windscreen pictured on the Cincinnati Banks pool deck.  The mixed-use
complex is an 18-acre development along the banks of the Ohio River.
Aside from the obvious function of protecting visitors from the force of high winds atop multi-story building terraces, there is much more to learn about these important building elements.
Windscreens (or "glass walls") are attached to the perimeter of an outdoor area where patrons, guests and occupants are invited to eat, drink, socialize and/or swim.  These sturdy screens provide a transparent shield against high speed winds using tall, thick glass and an aluminum or steel framing system. 

When aluminum components are used, windscreens can reach a maximum height of 8 feet.  When stainless steel components are used, screens can peak at 15 feet or more.

Due to variations in both wind speed and terrace floor level, these barriers are almost always custom designed to meet the needs and safety requirements of the developer, architect, engineer and contractor. 

In cases where the windscreen is installed on the top floor of a building, these glass barriers provide a 360-degree, unobstructed, panoramic view of the entire urban landscape or seascape, making for an incredible spectator experience.

To learn more about custom & specialty architectural products - such as windscreens, grilles, louvers and/or canopies for commercial applications - CLICK HERE

Sterling Dula windscreen on Cincinnati Banks pool deck.
The Reds' Stadium can be seen in the background.

Check out the video below for a closer look at the Cincinnati Banks mixed-use development.  
(Be sure to keep an eye out for Sterling Dula's glass & perforated panel railings,
featured on much of the building's exterior.) 

No comments:

Post a Comment