Participants globally recognised in the architecture presented the latest developments in the façade engineering.
On 7 November 2015 the company ETEM organised for a third time international conference on façade engineering. The event brought together in the city of Sofia more than 450 representatives of the construction industry, architects and representatives of the institutions which had the opportunity to become familiar with the latest trends and concepts in the world architecture and façade engineering.
The following globally recognised names were identified among the speakers at the forum: prof. arch. Kas Oosterhuis, eng. Thorsten Helbig and arch. Tobias Wallisser who shared their international experience. The leading architects in the Bulgarian industry - arch. Dimitar Paskalev from Studio Architectonika and arch. Angel Zahariev from Studio A&A Architects presented the trends and architectural solutions in the local design.
Eng. Veneta Novakova, R&D director of ETEM Group showed the latest façade solutions and paid attention to the bespoke modular façade Е99 used in the construction of the highest building in Bulgaria - Capital Fort. Novakova presented various building envelope solutions which should meet the requirements of the investor - envelope which had to contribute to the extension of the building life cycle, envelope which had to lead to financial and economic efficiency or envelope which had to develop good energy management. She shared how important in the development of a project was its beginning - i.e. its design by the architects. In addition, eng. Novakova expressed an opinion that the holistic approach was a successful approach for the design of a building - starting from the resources which would be used in its construction and the connections between the individual solutions.
Prof. Arch. Kas Oosterhuis, co-founder of ONL (Oosterhuis_Lénárd) studio, shared his experience in the creation of design, structure and envelope of the building. In his opinion the latest approach in the building design was expressed in collection of the various components and materials, the so-called inclusive design. "All components in the building differ from each other, this is our new approach. We express our emotions in the design in the form of machine emotions. They are encoded and then transferred to a programme which communicates them to the machine that turns them into a product" - this is how Oosterhuis summarized the process. He showed also the latest trends in the functionality of the housing space, or the so-called "floating apartments"- limited space in which everything emerges at the moment when you need it - kitchen, toilet, etc. In addition, Oosterhuis shared his experience in the design of façade systems. The designer works exclusively with software products and in close cooperation with those which will produce the individual structural elements and components. This ensures proper implementation of the parameters of the individual precisely designed, unique components.