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Technical overview
Beijing, China, Asia
Project information
Year 2019
Architect Beijing Investment Group
Partner Hunter Douglas Window Covering Products Shanghai
Used materials
Fabric type Sergé
Fabric color grey-white and grey-black
Fabric m² 20.000
Building type(s) Offices
Public buildings

The Tallest Screens Yet

How high did you say? An average of 26 meter? You need one roll of 3,2 meter in width and 33 meter in length to make just one blind? The view through should be impeccable over the full length? You need more than 15.000 square meters like this? Okay…

Helioscreen is always in for a challenge. So when we received the above request from Hunter Douglas China for the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in Beijing, we did not hesitate. We knew it would be difficult, but with a well-oiled team like ours, we knew we would get the job done.

Roller blinds on average are about 3 meters wide by about 3 meters high. Occasionally we receive request for bigger blinds: 5 to 6 meters wide or 9 to 10 meters high. The highest blinds up till the Beijing project had been 16m. That was a project in Shanghai for Volkswagen. So the request for 26 meter high blinds was unique for us and also for our partner Hunter Douglas Window Covering Products in Shanghai.

It took meticulous quality control, careful planning and intense communication between our units. But we pulled it off together.

The headquarters of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) are located in Beijing Olympic Park and consist of five office buildings, with a total floor space of 390.000 square meters. It is the new landmark on the central axis of Beijing. Construction began in September 2016 and the buildings were finished end of 2019.

Our Sergé 3% was used on the roller blinds in the 80-meter-high lobby and the seven atriums of the headquarters. The giant blinds provide balanced daylighting and view through for all working areas. The colours chosen were grey-black (about 4.000 sq. m) and grey-white (about 16.500 sq. m)

With the environment and sustainability in mind, the architects combined modern technology with energy-saving measures in the design of this innovative green complex. Besides the advanced sunshade, the building was also equipped with state of the art ventilation systems and other smart management technologies.

That is no doubt the reasons why the building has received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating, which is the highest score. LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. It is also known as the "Academy Awards" for green buildings worldwide.