At MicroShade we see Germany as our primary market and over the years we have supplied shading solutions for many projects across the country. German architects and engineers long shown interest in MicroShade - but when we received the ZIA award for innovative and sustainable solutions in 2018 - it really took off.
It turned out that in Berlin especially, they were seeking out new and innovative solutions for several big and exclusive projects - which we at MicroShade are immensely proud to have been included in - together with our glass partner, Arnold Glas.
By the Südkreuz S-bahn, EDGE wanted to build an eight-storey building made from wood/hybrid material and fill it with unique and visionary solutions for sustainability, indoor climate, and user friendliness.
The architects chose MicroShade for the solar shading in the ‘structural glazing’ areas of the building, where they needed effective solar shading without having to choose between pleasant temperatures, daylight, or a view out. “With MicroShade we could get all these important parameters for indoor climate and well-being of the people in the office space - and get them at the same time,” says Anja Borchard, Senior Development Manager from EDGE, Berlin. “And in addition, MicroShade is a sustainable solution.”
Nearby, on the ‘Museum Island’, the renowned Nagler Architekten have designed a new visitor center where their focus on sustainable solutions made them choose MicroShade for parts of the façade.
In the planning phase, the architect was looking for an innovative solution to a problem well-known problem. She wanted the building to have a clean façade - but one that would also deliver ample amounts of daylight inside the building - and do so without any colour distortion. With MicroShade, she was able to precisely get that.
Also, the façade contractor had the experience that working with the MicroShade solution was different than alternative solutions: “We found that it was particularly easy to work with MicroShade at the construction of the visitor center,” says Susann Stache from Stoof Metallbau. “It is simple to install and there is no cabling or other elements that are intrusive to or complicating in relation to the building and its structure. So, it all went quickly and was completely hazzle-free.”
Further expansion in Germany
With the interest from such high-profile projects the acknowledgement of MicroShade’s innovative solution is spreading across the sector. “We are generally seeing a significant increase in the demand for MicroShade in Germany, and we are included in more and more tenders,” says Global Sales Executive, Henrik Ask, “The architects welcome the freedom of design that the exclusion of external shading provides - and the engineers are impressed with the effectiveness of the shading, the amount of natural daylight that the MicroShade solution provides.”