Andreas Fuchs, Architect
The architect Andreas Fuchs is Professor of Building Material Studies, Building Construction and Design at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden. He is also the founder of the independent research platform FAT LAB in Stuttgart. For many years, he and his team have been actively involved in the development of Schüco façade systems. He has played a significant role in the development of the Schüco Parametric System.
As in the automotive industry, the focus in the construction industry is also on producing individual solutions which build on a standardised basic structure.
The Schüco Parametric 3D façade system captivates with its uncompromising implementation. It offers the utmost flexibility and innovative ideas when designing glazed façades. The state-of-the-art façade system impresses with outstanding material quality, the greatest precision and high-quality fabrication in each individual detail.
Bonded with Dow Corning
As an international leader in silicone bonding technology for glass façades and partner with over 40 years of experience, Dow Corning ensures the implementation of unique façade designs.
Awarded with the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2015 "Honourable Mention"
The Parametric Software
A specially developed, closed software chain supports each design, planning and fabrication step for the Schüco Parametric System with the requisite tools. Interface problems become a thing of the past and a uniform, consistent data model for everyone involved in the process is guaranteed at all times. The level of detail is gradually adapted in order to make each step in the process fast, precise and reliable.
- Revit© (free plug-in)
Rhinoceros© / Grasshopper© (free plug-in)
- SchüCAD Inventor©
It is important to understand that mass customisation will have a significant influence on the architecture of the 21st century, in exactly the same way as series production shaped the architecture of the 20th century.
Parametric system - how it works
With highly sophisticated design, parametric planning methods and tailored process chains, complex façade geometry can now be implemented in a system for the first time.
Building shape - Design freedom for the building envelope
The Schüco Parametric System enables geometric three-dimensional building envelopes that can be freely designed. The universally flexible building components of the system façade individualise every design and remove any limits in planning.
Unit geometry - Creating individual façade units
Schüco component libraries ensure interfaces with the common 3D design programs. In this way, the individual modules can be edited and adapted individually and freely in 3D. The end-to-end digital process chain from design to fabrication and mass customisation enables the economical production of non-series units.
- Highly thermally insulated aluminium façade system with Uf values up to 0.5 W/(m2K)
- Schüco 3D design tools: connecting the parameterisation to additional tools, such as building simulation
- The surface elements are transparent or opaque to provide shading; there is the option of adding functions such as daylight control and solar energy generation
- Individual three-dimensional architectural solutions – no limit to the area thanks to flexible component library
- Sunlight and shading, daylight optimisation, views and transparency can be used as active design factors
- Elegant structural glazing all-glass façade with slimline joints for double and triple glazing
- Combination with additional planning tools creates new possibilities for the generation of parametric forms
- Unit dimensions (W x H): maximum 1500 mm x 4000 mm
- Integration of existing Schüco functional solutions without changing system, such as ventilation panels that can be opened, decentralised ventilation units and integrated photovoltaic modules
- Complete Schüco 3D fabrication support, including machine control and installation instructions
- Non-series units are automated in the design tools, fabricated cost-efficiently and are available as system articles (mass customisation)
- Digital calculation of the section details and geometries from the 3D model of those responsible for planning (file-to-factory fabrication)
- Referencing a 3D model: minimum errors and maximum transparency in the planning process (building information modelling)
- Uniform attachment and connection solutions for reliable and tested installation
Parametric system - on the test rig
The complex geometries of the parametric façade withstand all the façade tests.
ETA factory in Darmstadt – Successfully into the third dimension
The three-dimensional free-form Schüco Parametric System façade solution has been installed on a building for the first time. The system was used on the south façade of the ETA factory at the TU Darmstadt. Inside the building, mechanical engineers, civil engineers and architects gather together to research how industrial production processes can be optimised in terms of energy efficiency. The three-dimensional, partially printed glazing units of the ETA factory protect the machines in the hall from direct solar radiation and afford exciting and generous views. The Parametric System facilitated the planning, prefabrication and installation of the complex units.
Location and materials
Sunlight and shading, optimisation of natural light, views, transparency and solar energy generation can all be used as design elements for the façade. In addition to a high degree of individualisation, this also enables the efficiency of the building to be optimised.