Willow wicker facades

Willow wicker facades were first presented to a global public at EXPO 2010 in Shanghai.

The willow wicker facade from GIP Glazing is a customised, in-house development and design. This willow wicker facade was the product of a close collaboration with the London architects Austin Smith & Lord and commissioned by the royal family of Abu Dhabi. This was the first use of a willow wicker facade in any public building in the world. The form was developed and calculated using the parametric facade planning technique. The willow wicker facade from GIP GLAZING is an architecturally unique, functional and sustainable double-skin facade.

Before it could be used as a double-skin facade, the willow wicker had to pass an extensive range of structural safety and fire protection tests. The results speak for themselves and can be seen at Fort Al Hosn in Abu Dhabi, which was the seat of the country’s royal family until the middle of the last century.

  • Variable curtain walls independent of storey height
  • The installation of vents and doors offers additional options
  • No visible bolts
  • The segmented design permits a high level of prefabrication
  • Building envelopes made from renewable raw materials

Sample designs for willow wicker facades

Technical data for willow wicker facades

Material:
Aluminium and willow
Type of construction:
Non-insulated
System width:
50 mm
Profile depth:
55 mm to105 mm
Frame dimensions:
W x H from 1400mm x 2600 mm
Security:
Certified protection against falling
F30 coating available after agreement on a case-by-case basis
Facade types:
Double-skin facades, ventilated curtain walls, unitised facades
Applications:
Sustainable construction, design structures, cultural buildings

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