Finally, it came to light the challenge of the window frames that give substance to the idea of void and extension of space, while at the same time providing shelter and comfort to the residents. In particular in its extension to the garage space, having allowed the transformation of a secondary space into a special, multipurpose space. The difference is light. Nowadays glass focuses the best characteristics you could ever require from a building material: «more rigidity, safety and potential, compared to usual materials that build the garage doors», stresses the architect.
There is the stigma that glass is fragile, but, once again, the work of the HYLINE team was exemplary. «We installed ‘pockets’ on the outer face of the façade walls and lined them with the slate. Water collection solutions were engineered in the upper part of these pockets, to guarantee against any infiltration behind this slate, collecting and sending water to the right place», explains Bruno Brás, BBA’s CEO. Also, on the garage, Bruno concluded that, «it is a heavy-duty door, it is open every day, and it has the same type of reading as a normal window, where there is no obstacle on the floor, no aluminium can be seen, because everything is completely built in». This is a door that closes at 90 degrees and is fully motorised. And the glass has extraordinary reflectivity, which makes it look like a ‘giant wall-painting’.
The HY40 system is HYLINE’s bestseller. It is a perfect system, which combines integrated flooring, making the aluminium invisible and with no interruption to the materials in the floor, which is complemented in several areas, from the structural part to the technological part. The doors are motorised, the floors and the rims inlaid, while the glass has very high energy efficiency. This is a way of enjoying a concept on the basis of what the architecture’s needs. Architects design and HYLINE finds a way to develop and transform. «With glass, you strive for the art of the pure visual; then, in structural terms, what no one wants to see, are the brackets of the window frames, the iron of fastenings; drainage systems in stainless steel and aluminium, which is the second most important component of the window. But all are of importance», concludes Bruno, who is the man behind the HYLINE system and, who, very soon, will launch three new products, two of them to be unveiled to the public at BATIMAT 2019 in November.
The base of the construction is a large concrete box. Subsequently all the frames were covered with thermal insulation, and with waterproofing, and then lined with a second inner wall coated with slate sheets. This stone was also chosen to cover everything that had to do with bathrooms, kitchens, etc.; a wood, which runs through the house; the ceilings, which are in plaster; and the coating on some stairs in microcement in the same colour as the walls.
What was once a house made of schist blocks has been transformed into a dark mass of slate in a perfect harmony with the surrounding nature.
Profile of the house in the eyes of the architect:
Gross floor area: 643 sqm
The project is: solid
Detail: directed light
Connection with: the land
Client: a happy encounter
Profile of the house in the eyes of Bruno Brás:
The project was: challenging
Optimisation: of resources and people