Pure minimalism in stainless steel

The basic idea of the s_enn metal blind fits on one sheet of paper: it should simply be better. We developed its core component – its slat – in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) in Freiburg.  As a result, s_enn reduces the building's energy consumption to the optimum degree. Meanwhile visual contact with the outside world is maintained by the blind's high level of transparency.

With the s_enn metal blind, what we have been able to create is a classic product: a high level of wind stability and a timeless appearance are its stand-out features. Let minimalist aesthetics and utmost precision in stainless steel thrill you!

s_enn product benefits

  • Sunshade product with high transparency for optimum visibility to the outside
  • Modern stainless steel look
  • Modest installation dimensions thanks to small winding diameter
  • Low weight thanks to roll-formed components
  • Provides perfect daylight
  • High reduction in solar energy
  • Extremely wind resistant, suitable for tall buildings

High up: the Upper West Berlin

The Upper West Berlin is the new landmark of Berlin's City West district. 118 metres high and with 33 storeys, the building, built in 2016, is one of the tallest in Berlin. The tower has the appearance of a sculpture by virtue of its striking white façade. With its net-like structure the latter leaves a lasting impression.

The s_enn metal blind supplements the building in its aesthetic appeal. As the stainless steel blind is designed to be extremely stable in the wind, it provides efficient sunshade even on high buildings. With its high level of transparency, it ensures utmost visibility through to the outside.

A feature enjoyed by visitors to the Skybar One Lounge. At a height of nearly 110 metres, it offers them breathtaking views over Berlin. Even with the blind drawn down this remains an impressive experience.

s_enn also provides reliable privacy screening and sunshade to a hotel, further businesses and office premises housed within the Upper West Berlin.

Project scope

  • 1648 s_enn blinds
  • 5100 m² total surface area

 

Architects

  • Langhof Architektur und Stadtentwicklung
  • KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

 

Client

  • Strabag Real Estate

The standard blind colour

Stainless steel colour

Technical benefits

As soon as the sun rises to more than 21º above the horizon, any direct penetration of the sun’s rays is completely cut out.

 

The blinds conform to wind resistance class 6* (equates to resisting winds of up to 26 m/s). They are thus able to withstand a hurricane-like storm (11 on the Beaufort scale). That makes the s_enn around 130% more stable in wind than traditional external blinds and about 210% more stable than textile blinds.

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* Dependent on dimensions and installation situation

The blinds are able to prevent up to 95% of incident solar energy. Air-conditioning costs can thus be greatly reduced or air conditioning not used at all.

A high level of transparency from inside to outside thanks to an opening percentage of c. 21%.

The stainless steel micro slats can be easily recycled.

Version

View of slats from outside

Material: Stainless steel micro slats, roll-formed

Width: min. 0.65 m, max. 2.70 m

Height: max. 6.00 m

Surface area: max. 14 m2

Blind weight: c.  4.2 kg/m²

Energy reduction: gtotal = 0.16 (1),  gtotal = 0.10 (2)

Wind stability: max. resistance class 6*

Drive system: 230V tubular motor

Control system protection requirement: Wind monitor and frost sensor

 

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(1) Metal blind in combination with thermally insulating glazing (total energy transmittance of the glazing as per EN 410: 0.53)
(2) Metal blind in combination with sunshade glazing (total energy transmittance of the glazing as per EN 410: 0.36)

* Dependent on dimensions and installation situation