Zurich’s 126 metre high 430,000 sq. ft. (40,000 m2 ) Prime Tower, the tallest building in Switzerland, has been designed by architects Annette Gigon and Mike Guyer to be at the forefront of sustainable building technologies.
The development houses offices, restaurants and bars, retail outlets and support facilities. As part of the sustainable construction of the building it features natural ventilation controlled by the MotorLink® automated window control system.
The WindowMaster solution
Schüco, in partnership with façade designers Emmer Pfenninger Partner and façade manufacturer Dobler Metallbau, delivered an installation of 6,910 WindowMaster chain actuators for the automation of 1,382 parallel opening windows including one espagnolette locking motor for each window. These MotorLink® actuators are connected to MotorLink® MotorControllers to provide power and control primarily for natural ventilation.
The windows in Prime Tower are large rectangular parallel opening windows, which weigh approximately 360kg. To safely operate under load each window is equipped with four WindowMaster chain actuators and one special
The window actuators communicate with the MotorController via digital MotorLink® technology. Exact feedback concerning position as well as accurate synchronisation of the actuators is therefore ensured. The chain actuators and other components were tested and approved according to strict performance standards.
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