Self-supporting aluminium facades

Self-supporting aluminium facades offered by our suppliers provide a wide range of solutions for creating glazed façades with mullions (vertical frames) and transoms (horizontal frames). They offer the possibility to realize diverse architectural concepts, but a suitable manufacturing and installation partner is necessary.

Self-supporting refers to an externally glazed curtain wall system where the supporting framework consists solely of extruded aluminum system profiles. While self-supporting curtain walls can include intermediate insulation, the load-bearing structure cannot consist of steel or laminated wood. The appearance of the mullions on the inside can vary from the traditional closed-section “box” shape to designs that are angled or asymmetric. Within the aluminum curtain wall system, any aluminum door or window product can be integrated. Ranging from a door, window, sliding door, lift-and-slide door, or pivot door. The integration of door or window products requiring special movement (motorization). This does not pose a significant challenge, as their wiring can be addressed during manufacturing.

Self-supporting aluminium facades can have different external appearances:

  1. Exposed frame, where glass panels are pressed to the frame from the outside. The covering profiles of these pressing plates offer significant design flexibility.
  2. Structural, where the junction of the glass panes receives external silicone sealing.
  3. Semi-structural, which is usually a mixture of the previous two versions and follows a symmetrical, vertical or horizontal organizing principle.

The material of self-supporting curtain walls can also be used to create skylight glazing. Here, there are differences in connection points and slope formation, as well as the need for managing water infiltration into the structure when dealing with operable surfaces. In the case of overhead glazing, it’s advisable to involve a specialist designer. Safety glazing, both lower and upper layers, is generally inevitable in overhead systems. Motorized operation is often applied in overhead systems and is suitable for integration into smoke and heat exhaust systems.

With various insulating components, cost-effective and technically optimized systems can be created, ranging from basic insulation to high-performance thermal insulation, suitable for all climate zones worldwide. We have designed and manufactured facades and glass roofs for high wind load areas. Such as for a hotel’s high façade in Reykjavik, Iceland, which can withstand wind speeds of up to 380 km/h. We have also produced curtain walls and glass roofs for altitudes around 2000 meters above sea level.

The licensed mullion-transom self-supporting aluminum curtain walls from Schüco or Reynaers have been thoroughly tested and meet the highest quality and safety standards.