Decolite Window Shading Bosmans

Decolite Sun shading

Sun Shading with Decolite

 Bosmans Business Centre, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, was the perfect project for Decolite sun shading profiles. The newly completed commercial project, by TV3 architects, featured Decolite window details which offered sun shading as well as relief to the various elevations.   In this instance, Decolite custom made window shading elements where  specified as an alternative to concrete on a non-structural application. 

Window shading in Decolite
Decolite Sun  Shading

Custom Made Window Shading

Decolite window shading profiles are custom made to suit to aesthetic and functional requirements of each project. There is no mouldings process as each profile is wire cut to specification allowing for complete design freedom. With Decolite there is no minimum size or radius, and there is no panel size. Window shading takes on many forms, and the final design is based on the elevation orientation and the height of the sun. All the calculations are found in various papers where you would design such an element with the assistance of a sun path diagram. Go to the link to find out more about sun path diagrams for window shading

Decolite Sun shading

Hard wearing and waterproof sun shading

The hard-wearing external casing on the Decolite profiles is completely weather proof and impervious to water ingress. The proprietary casing completely encases the profile, allowing for longevity of product. Decolite profiles have a been manufactured and installed for a period of over 19 years, not only in South Africa, but in to sub-Saharan Africa as well. We have a long history of successful projects with sun shading across all market sectors, including hotels . 

Easy to install window shading.

We have completed many projects with Decolite Window surrounds and window shading where the original detail asked for concrete. Due to Decolite's lightweight nature, we are able to install any element with the minimum of fuss. The installation of the window shading elements is quick and requires no cranage, and the installation may done from a mobile scaffold or cherry picker.

The profiles are installed by inserting threaded bars in to the Decolite at the time of manufacturing. When on site we simple drill in to the substrate, fill with a chemical anchor and insert the threaded bar fitted to the Decolite window shading.

 

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Concrete Replacement

On the One and Only Hotel project in Cape Town, Decolite lightweight profiles were designed to replace concrete elements intended for the external detailing. The Sun International flagship in the V and A Waterfront, Cape Town is a well-known landmark and tourist destination. The aesthetics of the elevations were enhanced by making use of Decolite to simulate the non-structural requirements of the concrete elements.

Decolite lightweight profiles used as concrete replacement

External elements replaced concrete

The external detailing required a large concrete overhang which ran the length of the elevation. Originally designed in concrete, this element would have created an incredible point load on the supporting columns and would have been time-consuming to cast. However, the lightweight Decolite elements, which are manufactured of size off-site, are easy and light to install which making the installation far less time-consuming and alleviating pressure on the main contractor's programme.

Concrete replacement

Concrete Replacement with Decolite

The 3m pieces were installed with an undercoat, ready for decoration by others, in this case, WBHO.

Concrete replacement with Decolite lightweight profiles

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Decolite SA exterior detailing

External Fins

Exterior Detailing - Vertical Fins

The Decolite vertical fins to the Virgin Active in Menlyn Maine Precinct Pretoria,  where a perfect application of external detailing. The massive 10m elements, in a simulated concrete finish, where chamfered in 2 directions in accordance with the architect’s requirements. Due to the fact that there are no limitations with regards to panel sizes, we are able to create the illusion that the elements are fabricated from large pieces of concrete. With Decolite, it is easy to imitate chamfered edges and Ferrel holes, as you would find in standard concrete external detailing.

Vertical external Fins used at Virgin Active in Pretoria as Exterior Detailing

External Fins Easy to Install

The Decolite external fins were fixed to a lightweight steel structure by means of a chemical and mechanical fixing system. Due to the ease of installation, we are able to minimise our time on-site thus enabling the whole programme to be accelerated.

Decolite external fins used as exterior detailing

Decolite is the perfect material for an external application due to its extremely hard external casing, making it the architects product of choice when considering unusual or large external elements.

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ENTRANCE CANOPY

Decolite wire cut elements were the perfect material as a concrete replacement for this entrance canopy. The original design was for the canopy to be cast in concrete, however, the weight and structural requirements made concrete prohibitive as a material.

Replacing Concrete

The Decolite lightweight canopy was manufactured in the factory and transported to the site for installation. Due to the flexibility in design, the conduiting for lighting was accommodated in the manufacturing process. Replacing the concrete with the Decolite made installation simple and quick while reducing the weight of the element from 12 tons to 300kg.

Concrete Replacement for entrance canopy

Replacing concrete is Cost-Effective

By specifying Decolite Lightweight canopies to replace concrete, assists in reducing costs  and time on site

Lightweight Decolite Replacement Canopy for Concrete

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CURVED DECOLITE FACADE

Lightweight elements, formed to completely encapsulate the structural steel supports and create a curved facade. The Decolite cladding tied in with the concrete slabs above and below to facilitate the effect that the concrete appears to be wrapping the building.

Concrete Replacement done at Sasol Offices in Germiston. Lightweight elements, formed to completely encapsulate the structural steel supports. 

Sasol Offices Germiston, Concrete replacement in Decolite

The Decolite panels were formed in such a way as to imitate concrete panels, with chamfers on each side.

Curved Facade formed with Decolite Panels

Concrete replacement in Decolite allows for the curved panels, at any radius, to complete the wrapped effect.


Decollate Simulated Concrete Columns

SIMULATED CONCRETE COLUMNS

The Decolite fins to the Virgin Active in Menlyn Maine Precinct, where a perfect application of concrete replacement. The massive 10m elements, in a simulated concrete finish, where chamfered in 2 directions in accordance with the architects requirements.

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Lightweight fins

The use of Decolite as a lightweight material made the fins easy to install while reducing the amount of structure required for support. The flexibility of design makes Decolite the perfect product for external simulated concrete fins

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EXTERNAL DETAILING

 External Detailing with Decolite Profiles

The One and Only Hotel project in the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in  Cape Town, made extensive use of Decolite for the external detailing. The Sun International flagship in the V and A Waterfront, Cape Town is a well-known landmark and tourist destination and as such had to reflect its reputation in the architecture.

Decolite lightweight profiles were designed to replace concrete elements intended for the external detailing.  The elevations were enhanced by making use of Decolite custom made profiles to simulate the non-structural requirements of the concrete elements for such elements as the window header boxes and large window sills.

Use of lightweight decolite profiles for external detailing rather than concrete elements

Flexibility in Design with Decolite

Decolite is a lightweight, hard-wearing material, which can be formed, through wire cutting, to any 3-dimensional profile offering complete ability to conceive new decorative creations without limitations. The seamless elements on the external facade were coated to simulate concrete visually.

seamless elements on the external facade were coated to simulate concrete visually.

External detailing to facades

The external detailing on the project required complete freedom in design, where panel sizes and limited radii would not infringe on the overall aesthetics.

External detailing on facade


Decolite concrete replacement fins

FINS IN SIMULATED CONCRETE

The residential area of Llandudno, Cape Town, offers breath-taking views of the sea and mountain. For this project, the client required simulated concrete fins in order create some form of barrier between the properties set in to the mountain side. Decolite was the perfect material when considering concrete replacement elements. Due to the flexibility in design, Decolite may be cut to any size or shape, offering freedom of design.

Concrete Finish

The Decolite profiles, once cut are coated with a hard wearing concrete like finish, making it the perfect lightweight alternative to concrete.

Custom Made

Profiles are custom made and each fixing detail is designed with the customers requirements in mind. In this case the Fins were adjustable and could be set open or be closed. the mechanism includes a stainless steel plate and vertical rods for additional stability.

Declite Concrete replacement fins
Fins with concrete finish - Fully adjustable

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Concrete Replacement Bus Shelter made from Decolite

BUS SHELTERS IN SIMULATED CONCRETE

Waterfall City in Midrand forms part of the new mixed-use hub and includes a mall, hotel and hospital. In order to facilitate travel within the node, a bus route was introduced which required 42 bus stops around the development. The trendy bus shelters, were minimalist in design, while providing shelter. Decolite was used in conjunction with the concrete vertical column, in order to create a lightweight floating element forming the covered roof of the shelter.

decolite concrete replacement

Glass panels to the rear are secured to the steel structure through the Decolite™

Steel support structure

The Decolite profiles where designed in such a way as to completely encapsulate the steel support structure, while providing for run off and lighting. Decolite is uniquely custom made for every project, allowing for flexibility in design, especially when looking for material to simulate concrete.

Lightweight Decolite and Glass

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