Farmer Studios II
“THERMOCLICK� Panels Create Dynamic Shade-Screen Element”
- Owner/Architect: Architekton, Tempe, AZ
- General Contractor: Bistany PLC, Phoenix, AZ
- Polycarbonate: AmeriLux International, De Pere, WI
Farmer Studios II is the second phase of a creative-class office campus located in Tempe, AZ. The addition, which recently opened in the spring of 2014, is a three-story, gray stucco building structurally tied together with the original two-story building and connected with bridges and external walkways.
Completed back in 2004, the original building used CMU construction with fiberglass shade screens. In contrast, the new addition is a lighter, floating volume composed primarily of steel and EIFS. The expansion features an extruded aluminum frame suspended outside the fa�ade. Traditional sliding glass door extrusions were mounted inside the frame and custom fitted with LEXAN� THERMOCLICK� 40mm SCIR Gray polycarbonate panels. This created an operable shade-screen on the outside of the building envelope that could be operated by hand by the building occupants.
LEXAN� THERMOCLICK� polycarbonate panels were chosen for this project primarily for their aesthetic appearance, high-impact strength, and lightweight nature.The THERMOCLICK� panels also provide significant glare reduction and create a dynamic shade-screen element that was a contemporary interpretation of the original building design. “The translucency and sleek nature of the polycarbonate was key to achieving this vision” said Jason Comer, Development Manager with Architekton. “The polycarbonate panels really animate the fa�ade and the building occupants enjoy being able to have more control over the amount of daylighting and glare they receive inside their offices.”
The LEXAN� THERMOCLICK� interlocking panel system is an excellent product choice for glazing applications such as residences, commercial buildings, shopping centers, office buildings, and factories. Please click here if you would like to learn more about how this product can impact your next project!
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