Image Above: Eyrise skylight at Kinderspital Zurich ©Kinderspital Zurich
A research centre being built to complement the new Children’s Hospital in Zurich has installed a dynamic solar glazing roof from Eyrise.
Eyrise, the liquid crystal glazing technology company, provided 182 m2 of switchable solar glass to create a round skylight which has a diameter of 15 metres and sits on top of the white, cylindrical building.
The research centre will house laboratories for medical research and teaching. A total diameter of 54 metres, the building comprises nine floors, of which two are underground. Rooms and open workspaces are organised around an atrium which aims to promote collaboration and knowledge sharing between researchers, students and professors.
Dynamic solar shading was required to flood the central area with maximum natural daylight, while preventing glare and excessive heating. Those using the space will be able to adjust the amount of solar glare and heat to create the optimum environment.
“The advantage of our solar control glass lies in its very short switching times, which means that light and heat transmission can remain neutral as weather conditions change,” said Dr Michael Grund, CEO of Eyrise. “We are also able to manufacture the glass and modules in customised sizes and different geometries, so the round shape of the skylight could be produced to enhance the striking design of this futuristic-looking building.”
The skylight is supported by a bespoke metal structure designed by Zurich-based WEMA Glas- und Metallbau. 46 Eyrise s350 liquid crystal solar control glass modules, manufactured as double insulating glass units with liquid crystal mixture E for tinting, are embedded within the structure. From the outside the solar shading is visible, but from the inside, the glass is clear.
Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron designed the hospital and research centre with the intention of creating a single location for medical departments that are currently spread across the city. The research centre project was supported from the planning phase by Eyrise’s engineering team.
Children’s Hospital Zurich is the largest hospital treating children and adolescents in Switzerland, providing over 200 beds. It offers specialised care combined with research, teaching, and the academic promotion of young talent in the field of paediatrics.
The new hospital will replace the current building and increase capacity. Both the hospital and research centre are due to open at the end of 2024.