Facade technology of the future at the home of Fiberline

Facade technology of the future at the home of Fiberline

Facade system for modern architecture

As well as housing the company’s production and administration functions, Fiberline Composites’ headquarters serves as a stunning showcase for some of the new and exciting applications available with composite profiles.

Among other things, the Fiberline building is an eyecatching symbol of what the future holds for European manufacturers of windows and facades.

Den arkitektonisk spændende fabriksbygning hos profilleverandøren Fiberline Composites er et eksempel på, hvordan den europæiske vindues- og facadeindustri kan bruge profiler af komposit til at udvikle nyskabende vinduer og facader

Every day, tens of thousands of motorists drive past Fiberline’s domicile near the Danish town of Middelfart. What they see is an impressive, high-tech, oblong-shaped edifice rising out of the landscape and pierced by three slanted towers in glass and composite.

Fiberline-domicilets viser eksempler på, hvordan kompositprofiler kan give vinduer slanke og elegante rammer af komposit, der giver mere lys og varmetilskud til bygningen

Narrow bands of composite windows

The 300 metre facade works dynamically; its surface is broken by narrow bands of composite windows that at night become illuminated threads, echoing the threads of glassfibre used in the company’s production.

Viewed from the motorway, the windows seemingly have neither frames nor sills, an effect induced by the slim and elegant composite profiles.

The narrow frames admit increased daylight to the interior and contribute positively to the building’s energy balance. The composite also provides effective insulation and prevents thermal bridging, which improves energy balance still further.

Profilproducenten Fiberlines 23.000 m2 fabrik demonstrerer, hvordan kompositprofiler kan bruges til at udvikle spændende løsninger til klimaskærme med både vinduer, store glasflader og facadebeklædning

Glass towers and facade cladding

Viewed from close to it becomes evident that, except for the glass, the facade is built entirely of composite. Around the windows the facade is clad with composite panels, turning the building envelope into a unified entity. The profiles have been left plain (uncoated), accentuating the reinforcement and producing an architecturally intriguing appearance. In this case a translucent version of the profiles has been used, which creates a distinctive lighting effect when the sun’s rays strike the composite.

The building is pierced by three massive slabs of light - the three slanted glass towers, which contain meeting rooms and stairways. From the towers, three large bands of skylight run the length of the 23,000 m2 factory, pulling daylight into the production area.

In the towers, large expanses of glass are combined with the slender composite profiles. Bonding together glass and composite produces a combination of two structural components with very similar longitudinal expansion characteristics. Together, they form a load-carrying unit that has made it possible to achieve very slender facade profiles.

Glass and frame are conceived as mutually supportive. The glass is glued directly on to the frame, providing a synergy between both units that produces a single strength component. This means it is possible to construct very large windows with extremely slender frame profiles.