Evelyn Grace Academy

  • Location:
    Brixton London
  • Client:
  • Architect:
    Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Contractor:
    Mace Plus
  • Products:
    700no Mecho-Shades

The Zaha Hadid design for Evelyn Grace Academy won the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize for Architecture in 2011.

The innovative design of this new Academy meant that there were numerous shaped windows that required shading. Although operable shades were not required to these windows, air flow was needed around the fabric to prevent thermal stress on the glass. We therefore had to design a customised frame system that would stand the fabric off the face of the curtain walling mullions sufficiently to allow the required air flow but still provide adequate solar shading.

MechoShade manual roller shades were installed to all the other classroom windows, operated either via chain or detachable crank rod. Some shades were fitted to top-hung opening windows, and here side guide wires were used to prevent shades from sagging when tilted with the window.

The main hall and sports hall had large ElectroShades fitted - these were wall switch operated. The shades in the sports hall were installed with the fabrics slightly overlapping to avoid light seeping between them