Evaluating sustainable architectural solutions such as multi-angled facades in specific urban contexts

Loay Akram Hannoudi, Gert Michael Lauring, Jørgen Erik Christensen

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A multi-angled facade system may be defined as the use of two or more different orientations of glazing in each façade. With the appropriate window properties and solar shading control systems such facades may improve the energy efficiency and the indoor climates of buildings. The system potentially has considerable visual, optical and functional benefits for the users of the building also in the case of building renovation.
Multi-angled facades will in most cases aesthetically differ a lot from the urban context in which it is implemented. This paper focuses on the use of multi-angled facade systems in specific urban contexts and analyses its architectural relations to other surrounding buildings and how this is perceived.
A qualitative research/ phenomenological method is applied to provide a deeper understanding of implementing this facade system on an existing building, and to investigate what are the impacts of this case or phenomenon in an urban context. The research also uses a simulation research method to visualise an office building having been renovated with a multi-angled facade system, using the software packages AutoCad, 3D Max and Photoshop.The simulation is made in 3 specific urban contexts, all in Copenhagen: A dense and traditional part of the city; A dense and modern part; And a less dense area with modern, detached buildings.
The aim of the paper is to structure and qualify discussions about and architectural evaluations of the use of multi-angled façades in given urban contexts to further the implementation of sustainable solutions in ways that may architecturally improve the local environment.
Original languageEnglish
Publication dateNov 2017
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017
EventLiving and Sustainability: An Environmental Critique of Design and Building Practices, Locally and Globally - London South Bank University, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Feb 201710 Feb 2017


ConferenceLiving and Sustainability
LocationLondon South Bank University
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Multi-angled facade systems
  • phenomenological method
  • specific urban contexts


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