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June 10, 2017

How to unlock your roof space and add value to city properties

If you’re looking to construct a terrace or roof garden, a skybox might be your key to unlocking vital roof top space.

Essentially a ‘sliding glass box,’ these skylights can provide a technical solution as well as an aesthetically pleasing one for architects and building occupants alike.

These contemporary styled skylights are designed to allow full use of the area without the requirement for additional balustrading.

New, improved and designed for use

Glazing Vision have just released new and improved versions of our ever-popular box skylights. These units provide access, natural ventilation and daylight to dwellings. Best of all, a significant amount of the initial cost can be recouped from the increased property value of adding a private patio, roof garden, or any number of alternative outdoor living spaces.

There are two standard versions of this product:

  1. A ‘three wall box’ which is designed to be enclosed within the building fabric.
  2. A ‘free standing box’ which stands alone and is glazed on all faces.

Both of these skylights feature a retracting glazed section that slides over a fixed section of glass, providing a clear 50% opening and sufficient head height for easy access.

By utilizing a new ultra minimal extruded aluminum framework design, our glass to framework ratios have been dramatically improved.

For a sleek but robust weather-proof finish, both internal and external finishes are available in any RAL color using a Qualicoat approved powder coating system.

Safe, secure and efficient

Glass specification features Glazing Vision’s standard heat soak tested toughened soft coat low e glass, but is now also available in a triple glazed option for those clients seeking even higher thermal performance and reduced u-values.

Our box skylight range has recently undergone rigorous water penetration and hose testing to ensure that the units can stand up to the worst the weather can throw at it.

Drive mechanisms have been reinforced: the skylight now features a dual drive system as standard, powered by a dedicated external power supply.
The drive mechanism itself is a robust machined rack and pinion arrangement which features a built in anti lift function and one-way clutch design that prevents forced entry through disengagement of the drive mechanism.

Security is further enhanced with the inclusion of a tough solenoid bolt locking device which secures the sliding section of the skylight to its base frame. We used to offer this as an optional extra, but we now include this as a standard fitment on all units.

The skylights adopt a ‘no more tools’ option when it comes to manual override and the unit can be closed without power in the event of a fault or opened again using the supplied magnet which is built into the framework – so no more messing about with allen keys.

New technologies for new horizons

Demand for additional living space within existing buildings continues to grow and Glazing Vision are completing installs in both the United States and across Europe with increasing regularity. In the US, Glazing Visions skylights can be seen at the MoMa, and at private homes developed by Dixon Projects.

The new skybox is very much an evolutionary step forwards in terms of design, which has drawn on the company’s extensive manufacturing experience in the architectural skylight market.

Dixon Projects
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