Corporate restaurant in California with large-format frameless glazing, external blinds and glass coatings selected to maximise incoming light while controlling heat gain.

Opened in 2014, this new corporate café is a single volume, comprised of 7.5m-tall frameless glazed walls on three sides. These walls incorporate external blinds and glass coatings selected to maximise incoming light while controlling heat gain. The glazing is designed and detailed to accommodate seismic displacements of the roof structure up to 120 mm in any direction.

Eckersley O’Callaghan provided facade engineering services, working closely with Foster + Partners and the building services engineer to devise a shading strategy that allows maximum light transmission while controlling solar gain and glare.

This required us to conduct solar modelling of various glass coatings and external blind options to arrive at the optimum solution that satisfies California’s stringent Title 24 energy code.

We also designed and detailed the traditional stick system facades to the rear of the building, which feature drawn profiled glass selected to give a warm translucent glow.

Location
Cupertino CA

Client 
Apple

Architect
Foster + Partners