In Sicily, the region’s largest mall “Centro Sicilia”, is characterized by more than 12,000 m² of translucent covering. This single level structure is an excellent example of architectural functionality based on the principles of eco-sustainable design – the most important feature for a center situated in a region where the temperature easily reaches very high levels. The application of the skylights of huge size would have allowed for tremendous internal heat build-up resulting in extraordinary air conditioning costs. The use of the wide polycarbonate sheets with the exclusive IR filters has permitted to solve the problem of internal overheating, making Centro Sicilia unique project. The Polycarbonate IR sheets constitute covering of all common areas of the center
THE PROJECT - City of Catania - Sicily, Italy
Surface:12,000 m²
Product used: Polycarbonate compact sheets Policomp® with IR filters polycarbonate
multiwall sheetsPolicarb® with IR filters
The project includes two types of skylights: Cupolas (domed) of various sizes and shapes, faceted like irregular diamonds and triangular-based pyramids of various heights, placed side by side and tilted in space. There were 27 different structures, all with welded joints and each requiring different cut shape stem
Dott.Gallina was chosen to supply the polycarbonate translucent sheets because we were able to meet the needs of the designers with our “new” generation of product and our high level of service. The PoliCarb® and PoliComp® polycarbonate sheets are installed on different skylights and galleries to maximize translucency and performance with solar radiation controls. With the assistance of dott.Gallina’s technical support team, the architects have been able to achieve the following:
Greater efficiencies using natural lighting
Improved comfort
Reduction in costs for artificial lighting
Reduction in cooling costs (estimated to be near 20%)
Fast and safe installation
Warranty against water infiltration
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