Schüco Jansen marries the old with the new in Marylebone renovation project
The renovation of this historic city block in Marylebone, London is a wonderful example of how to celebrate the old, while incorporating the new. Seven separate buildings were combined and extended at the rear to create one large apartment building. Schüco Janisol Arte 2.0 was used throughout the rear façade to help achieve a consistent look.
The architect chose to differentiate between the original building and its modern rear extensions by choosing steel framed windows and doors rather than replicating the timber sashes common to the historic Harley Street Conservation Area.
Karl Singporewala, Director of Barbara Weiss Architects, explains why the firm specified Schüco Jansen: “We wanted a versatile robust steel profile with excellent thermal properties and Schüco Jansen ticked all the boxes. From an aesthetic point of view, the steel profiles look beautiful, they have good sightlines, are incredibly versatile when incorporating additional laser cut fins and work really well with the brickwork – it’s those small details that make the difference.”
The rear façade of the building provides access to a new shared garden level. It also had to ensure the rooms on the rear of the building had good levels of natural light and ventilation. The slim sightlines, versatility and excellent u-values of the Schüco Jansen profiles help achieve this.
Karl Singporewala, Director of Barbara Weiss Architects
“With Schüco profiles you can rest assured that a lot of research and development has gone into them, which is excellently exampled by their quality. When we contacted Schüco for technical advice they were extremely helpful and knowledgeable, particularly when it came to specification data, CAD details and actuators.”
Florin Onea, Contracts Manager for Forcia, the contractor on the project, details his perception of Schüco Jansen: “We’ve used Schüco Jansen on a number of projects across a range of sectors. They’re very good quality and the systems always look lovely after installation.”
The Schüco Jansen systems for the project were fabricated and installed by Park Maintenance. Projects Director, Dale Parker explains why Schüco is always the company’s first choice: “With Schüco systems you’re guaranteed quality and the development of its products is second to none, which also means less maintenance in the long-term. The fact that Schüco provides a complete solution with a single source for everything barring the glass and fixing material is also important for us.
“Our mission is to be regarded as the number one supplier in the high end architectural glazing market whilst never compromising on our quality or service, so working with Schüco and Jansen is a natural fit.”
The completed building in Marylebone is now home to 31 individual flats with the specification of the Schüco Jansen glazing system key to its a harmonious look.