DEAF OR VENTILATED?
When choosing a facade for a parking lot, it is necessary to address the fundamental question: should the facade be completely solid or left ventilated?
Solid facades have several advantages. They completely enclose the interior of the parking lot, protecting it from prying eyes, wind, and intrusion by intruders.
On the other hand, a ventilated facade has its advantages. Firstly, its installation ensures more efficient ventilation of the parking area, which is essential due to the large amount of exhaust emissions generated by vehicles. Secondly, the use of ventilated sections of the facade provides natural lighting.
Today, many engineers, when designing parking lots, try to combine the advantages of both solid and ventilated facades. Inadequate ventilation can be compensated for by the installation of supply and exhaust ventilation systems, and natural lighting can be provided by glazing part of the openings instead of covering them with solid facade panels.
WHAT ARE BLINDS FACADES?
Blinds facades are a type of facade composed of horizontal or vertical louvers. They can be fixed or adjustable, allowing control over the airflow and light. For parking lots, this is particularly important as it enables the creation of optimal conditions for ventilation and lighting.
Metal Louvers for Parking Lots. One of the popular variations of louvers is metal louvers. They offer several advantages, including high strength, durability, and excellent aerodynamic properties.
Metal louvers are made from various materials, including aluminum, steel, or zinc. The choice of material depends on the project’s specifics and the client’s requirements. Aluminum is lightweight and corrosion-resistant, making it ideal for large parking lots. Steel is known for its high strength, while zinc provides additional corrosion protection.
It’s worth noting that metal louvers can be treated to achieve different visual effects. For example, they can be painted in any color, matte or glossy, or even have a textured surface that mimics another material, such as wood.
Impact on Parking Lot Design and Functionality. Louvered facades with metal louvers bring a modern touch to the architectural concept of the parking lot, aligning with contemporary trends in urban design. They emphasize the building’s geometry, add structure and rhythm to the facade, and can also serve as an additional branding element since they can be painted in corporate colors.
The specifics of parking lots require a special approach to ventilation and lighting. Metal louvers allow for the adjustment of these parameters, creating comfortable conditions at any time of day and year. They also provide additional protection against unwanted street noise without impeding air circulation.