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Unicel-manufactured Aedicules Add Top-lighting to Cultural Complex


Unicel Architectural, manufacturer of vision and daylight control solutions, published a case study that details its Aedicules project for the Place des Arts Esplanade in Montreal. This project is architecturally significant as the aedicules allow natural light to enter deep into the underground building and workspaces below, while enhancing the esthetic impact of the outdoor plaza area.

Unicel-manufactured Aedicules Add Top-lighting to Cultural Complex

“Place des Arts wanted a solution that would both filter daylight into subterranean spaces and make a stunning visual impact,” said Jean-François Couturier, CEO of Unicel Architectural. “Designers came up with an aedicules concept that would consist of a series of small skylight structures created to be architecturally distinctive while providing effective top-lighting into the underground interiors. This project is notable for both its beauty and its function.”

Unicel Architectural fabricated and installed five aedicules of 10’ wide x 10’ long x 9’ high (3m x 3m x 2.8m) and a separate skylight structure for Place des Arts. These allow natural light to enter deep into the underground building and workspaces below to reduce the need for artificial light.

Unicel Architectural specializes in large, customized skylight projects. Its sophisticated skylight systems feature unique framing systems for the most discerning architectural requirements. Unicel’s skylight systems are renowned for an internal guttering system designed with pressure-equalized rain screen technology that incorporates the largest water infiltration and condensation guttering system in the industry.

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