RESSTENDE took part in the project of the new futuristic building of the Muse – the Trento Science Museum, designed by the RENZO PIANO RPBW architecture studio. The installation of the sunshades took place within the area dedicated to the offices of the MUSEO MUSE DI TRENTO to correct and improve the perceived and environmental comfort with a view to the well-being in the office world. The areas subject to solar shading were the open spaces and the administrative offices, the communication department, the directorate and training divisions.

Resstende has installed 24 roller systems in the BOSTON 110 model combined with the TRACTION KIT 55 system, as an exclusive forced traction device designed to give effective tension to the fabric in vertical and horizontal applications. The Boston model is specifically designed for applications on façades, with the aim of making the sunshade an integral part of the building’s architecture. The CT110 headbox is made of extruded aluminium, with all systems being motorised and mounted on a structure of wooden beams inclined at 50° by means of custom plates.

The screens within the building cover different heights: starting from the 2 metres of the administrative offices, reaching over six metres within the open space that extends across the double height. In the latter case, the converging binds each cover three metres in height. The elegance of steel exalts the wood of the existing beams without invading the space but adapting with refinement.

To ensure minimum environmental and architectural impact, the coupling points were created without making any extra holes in the wooden beams. In addition, electrical connections were made, able to impact as little as possible on an aesthetic level, along with special brackets to connect all the blinds.

The fabric chosen for the realisation of the blinds is Sunscreen Satiné 5501 by Mermet, comprised of 42% fibreglass and 58% PVC, with a thickness of 0.55 mm and a weight of 450 g/m2.
The openness factor of the fabric utilised is quite low (1%), thus being able to drastically reduce the glare generated by the points of direct light, which the automated slats already present on the glass cannot completely counteract. This also renders it possible to consistently reduce the temperatures within the building, isolating the heat between the external impact point (the slats) and the fabric, installed internally. The awning thus becomes an additional source of passive cooling and a passive energy saving solution which thus also reduces costs.

Chronology: 2019
Location: Trento, Italy
Design: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Supplier: Tendastil Snc
Textile supplier: Mermet s.a.s.
Photo: ©Fabio Di Carlo