Office frontage alterations / Signage

The owner of a travel agent in Nong Khai asked us to help them with a problem they were having with their office.  The problem was that the office was becoming unbearably hot as it had a glass curtain wall frontage and also large windows at the side.  Sun streamed in all through the day.  Adding blinds inside had not helped as although it blocked out the glare of the sun, it did not stop the office temperature increasing, cause by the sun heating up the air in the gap between the inside of the window and the blind.  Whilst they had air conditioning fitted that should have been the correct power for the size of the office, it did not account for the excessive heat that can build up in such a glass box!  The problem had become so bad that they had resorted to leaving the security shutters down for most of the time.  The problem with this was that passers by then thought that the office was not open!

My solution was to provide a physical barrier to protect the office from the sun.  First we applied a sheet of adhesive material to the window that allows you to see out of from the inside, but blocks much of the light coming in.  I also designed and printed some sections of this material to promote some of the world destinations that the travel agent offers packages to. I then designed a series of solid facia board constructed from a combination of wood, stainless steel and plastic that incorporated the company logo to be mounted outside the window as another physical barrier to the heat of the sun.  These facia boards are all removable from the frame to which they are mounted to allow for cleaning of the windows behind them.  The large white board actually has a hinged glass front in a stainless steel frame and can be opened up to allow posters to be displayed detailing the latest promotions on offer by the travel agent.  Everything that was installed fits between the window and the existing security shutters so that it is protected when the office is closed at night.

We completed all work with this small project a little over a week ago and are happy to report that it has solved the problem....  the office is now cool and airy, and passers by never miss the office because not only are the security shutters open all day, but the company also has a greatly increased street presence as a result of the new signage.

Here is the office as it was, the CAD concept that was presented, and the final result.