The importance of visual aesthetics to architects is demonstrated by the popularity of the FWS 60 CV concealed vent façade from Schueco UK.
The unique feature of this state-of-the-art aluminium system for floor-to-ceiling ribbon windows is that from the outside it is impossible to see which vents open and which vents are fixed. This innovative design first, which also has the benefit of maximising light transmission through the façade, is achieved by merging the vent with the load-bearing structure.
Even from inside, the only indications of an opening unit are a flat slimline shadow gap and the presence of the window handle. Moreover, to ensure safety in use, an almost invisible all-glass Juliet balcony can be integrated into the areas which have opening vents.
Also ideal for punched openings, the Schueco FWS 60 CV façade counteracts the prevailing trend of meeting the demand for ever greater levels of thermal and sound insulation by using ever larger window profiles. Instead, the system has been designed with face-widths that are elegant and narrow and yet its inbuilt engineering excellence means that it delivers impressive Ucw values.