Varioscreens from Helioscreen Australia and New Zealand powered by Somfy automation solutions were installed at the spectacular South Perth Library and Community Centre.

Designed by Peter Hunt Architects, the South Perth Library incorporates a range of ESD initiatives including smart lighting, solar hot water and photovoltaic cells, natural cross ventilation, rainwater harvesting and a high performance façade.

An automated external solar shading solution was chosen for the striking northern façade to reduce solar heat gain under peak solar loads. Depending on the fabric specified, an automated shading system can reduce energy transmission by up to 85%. An active façade can control energy flows, allowing solar energy to be harvested when retracted.

Helioscreen Varioscreen retractable sun control system powered by Somfy motors was chosen to overcome the challenges presented by the building design with its unique curves as well as the high wind loads of Perth’s notorious Fremantle Doctor.

The European-designed Varioscreen uses an integrated positive lift system to drive the front bar and keep the fabric under constant tension. Additionally, the structural design of the Varioscreen delivers the required stability and strength to allow complex installations such as a centre opening design to be achieved.

Key features of Varioscreen automated shading solution with Somfy motors:

  • Available in widths of up to 5m with projection up to 6m
  • Two systems may be combined to give a total width of 8m
  • Powder-coated hardware
  • Selection of European and locally manufactured fabrics to meet any design brief
  • Powered by Somfy automation solutions ranging from single RTS radio remote control to complete façade management solution with BMS interface