Designers and builders in past eras often worked on projects with fairly straight-forward architectural expectations, utilising affordable materials that were available. As long as the finished project did the job, that was as much as could be asked of them.
These days, the market has evolved dramatically and the demand for aesthetically pleasing facades made of sustainable yet affordable materials is in high demand. Fortunately, Locker Group offers Atmosphere – a lightweight, durable product that offers a practical and attractive solution.
How do Atmosphere facades work?
There are few raw materials on the market that offer the same range of features as Atmosphere, something that building designers and builders have to recognise.
To understand the advantages of an Atmosphere facade, it's important to first talk about how it’s made it how it works. Atmosphere is a lightweight material made up of multiple layers of perforated metal panels joined to 8-millimetre stainless steel tension cables. These can be attached to commercial or industrial buildings which allow the facade to create an attractive visual "floating effect".
While providing a visual appeal to those outside the building, Atmosphere's perforated texture protects those inside the building from the harsh glare of the sun. At the same time, the floating nature of the facade means that visibility of the space isn't restricted – people passing through the structure can see through, inside and out – and an adequate amount of natural light still gets in.
Access to natural light is an important consideration in the workplace. A study by researchers from Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that office workers with higher light exposure had longer sleep, better sleep quality and quality of life than those with less workplace light exposure.
Atmosphere takes out the sun's glare but still allows a moderate amount of natural daylight to come through into the building, so that every room is well lit.
A sustainable solution for the long-term
With Atmosphere facades, your business can also achieve its environmental and sustainability goals through reduced energy consumption. In hot sunny days, it has a cooling effect on the building – allowing for reduced usage of fans and air conditioning units. The panels also have the potential to be used as a solar power resource.
Altogether, it is a solution that can help a business get creative with its energy efficiency and realise significant gains in terms of utility bill savings. The benefits of Atmosphere in terms of sustainability practically pay for themselves in the long run.
It really does provide the modern-day business designer with so many exciting options.
A world of possibilities awaits
Atmosphere has an intriguing array of potential applications. It can be used to retrofit and create a new look for an old building – an optimal solution when costs prohibit a complete renovation overhaul – or it can be used to adorn a completely new one.
The material can be moulded to fit almost any design – it's flexible and therefore the possibilities are endless. Locker Group offers Advantage in a wide variety of different colours and profiles. It really does provide the modern-day business designer with so many exciting options to choose from.
If you're thinking about creative options for your company's next building project, it's a product that we would invite you to consider.