Airfield Evolution, Dundrum

Project: Airfield Evolution, Dundrum

The multi-award winning Airfield Evolution building in Dublin, Ireland, which has a whole host of environmentally friendly features, has benefited from Senior Architectural Systems’ fully recyclable timber and aluminium Hybrid curtain walling, door and window systems.


Airfield Evolution, which is part of the Airfield charitable organisation, utilises Senior’s Hybrid systems, which architects Solearth Ecological Architecture were full of praise for.


Mike Haslam, director at Solearth, said: “Senior Hybrid's curtain wall system fitted the bill in terms of aesthetics and performance and is a critical part of the overall success of the project.”


Airfield Evolution is located on a 42-acre working farm in Dundrum and is open to the public for educational and recreational purposes.


The award-winning building is an extension of the original Airfield project, established in 1998, and contains a new shop, restaurant, and demonstration areas to enhance the learning experience of visitors. Also on site are gardens and a heritage experience, offering visitors the opportunity to learn more about the natural world.


It is therefore fitting that environmentally-focused Hybrid systems from fenestration systems designer and manufacturer Senior were specified for the £7 million building, which was designed by Solearth, who specialise in innovative sustainable design.


At Airfield Evolution, Senior’s Hybrid Series 3 curtain walling was installed along with Hybrid Series 1 casement tilt and turn windows, Hybrid sliding folding doors, Hybrid lift and slide doors and Hybrid swing doors.


Senior’s Hybrid systems offer an aluminium external profile providing exceptional performance, long-life and low maintenance with contrasting engineered timber internally to provide an ideal combination of aesthetics, high insulation properties and strong environmental benefits.


Not only are Hybrid’s timber and aluminium profiles responsibly sourced and fully recyclable, they also help to improve the thermal performance of a building and improve natural lighting once installed. These properties help to conserve energy, cutting carbon and costs in the long-term and improving the health and wellbeing of end users.


No doubt Senior’s Hybrid systems therefore contributed to Solearth’s recent accolades for Airfield Evolution. The design won in the Best Cultural Project and Best Sustainable Project categories at the Irish Architectural Awards 2014 and scooped the Green Building Award at The Green Awards 2014.


Installing Senior’s Hybrid systems is now an aesthetic and environmental choice specifiers can make in confidence knowing that the project in question will see an improvement in environmental performance and be protected with a stunning façade for years to come, which bodes well for future generations.