Welcome to Theme Park by GPD!
Theme Park by GPD was originally born in 2021 as an idea to recognize authors who submitted publication material for the GPD Finland 2021 proceedings book.
A façade in general, refers to the side of a building that that shows its ‘character and personality’. In most cases, it is found on the front side of a building. In addition to the overall aesthetics of the building, facades are also designed to contribute to the technical performance of the building.
In the past, facades were mainly expected to be durable and attractive. Today, they must also address issues such as, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, carbon footprint etc. To achieve these performance objectives, the art and science known as façade engineering, is applied.
On the artistic side, facades provide architects the opportunity to expression their skills by bringing a building into life aesthetically. Façade engineers, on the other hand, mainly contribute to the technical performance of the building by looking at, among others, the performance and structural behavior of building materials.
However, successful façade engineering teams must involve architects and engineers working together – from design stage to implementation.
“This technology contributed to restarting of the useful service life of a 60-year-old building, which is now nearly twice that age!”
“Coatings on the same surface regardless of whether the glass is concave or convex.”
“The impact of pressure rise within a sealed shadow box or spandrel box assembly is often overlooked and can lead to underperformance and failure of one or more components.”
Brian Koons & Glenn Johnson
“Structural silicones can be safely used without any geometry restrictions or width to height limitations as given in ETAG 002. Using the design method shown in the paper it is possible to re-think the use of structural silicones in respect to gluing geometry and also in respect to possible load transfer. The design concept we developed in addition to the “Nelder-Drass” material law was verified an accepted by the German building authority DIBt. This allows the use of structural silicones in a wide variety of new applications.”