Central to the ambitious redevelopment carried out by David Chipperfield Architects was the creation of adaptable exhibition spaces and contractor Westgreen Construction worked closely with Faber Blinds to provide a challenging and bespoke solution.
Faber supplied a solar shading system that provides screen and blackout solutions to arched windows on a tensioned bottom up specification, supported by specialist sub-contractor Suffolk and Essex Joinery.
Two motorised roller blinds were fitted in each window space, blackout to the rear with screen to the front, both drawn vertically upwards by tension cables with the fabrics running in recessed side channels. The hem bars of the blinds were shaped to follow the line of the window heads to reduce the head pocket space and maximise the window exposure when the blinds are open.
The EOS 500 tensioned bottom up, motorised roller blinds are controlled by a central Hunter Douglas EOS Touch system.
The blackout blinds are Faber Contract Series 2700 fabric and the screen is EOS Series 5 fabric, with 10% openness.
The 22 blinds are operated in group formats from the EOS Touch control unit linked to a GPS weather station programmed to track the path of the sun and react accordingly to give the appropriate shading required for the artwork exhibited within the gallery. All of the controls are housed in a small side room away from the gallery where the control panel can be easily accessed for manual override control.
The imaginative refurbishment of the historic building required an equally innovative and state-of-the-art solution. A spokesman for the Pace Gallery said the project was very much a team effort and the professionalism of the various partners involved, including Faber Blinds, had been central to the successful refurbishment.
“Nothing gives peace of mind, when on a difficult project with a tight timeline, quite like the knowledge that you are working with a trustworthy, reliable partner whose goals are your own,” he added.
As part of the system created by Faber for the Pace Gallery, which is located in Burlington Gardens and opened at the end of 2012 with an exhibition of Mark Rothko, the windows were dressed with a bespoke timber solution encasing the blinds, their side channels and head detail. When the blinds are closed the timber work completely frames each blind. The window sills were removed and walls below dug out to create a recessed pocket space to house the blind systems.
The close working relationship with architects and contractors was key to the bespoke system developed by Faber as the blinds needed to be functional, have an aesthetic appeal and operate in a confined space without being intrusive. It meant the timber framework was designed around Faber’s blind system.