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Glass-aluminum facades - modernity, durability and aesthetics of ALUPROF systems

01 of July '20

ALUPROF glass and aluminum facade systems
From the series "Modern facade and wall materials - trends 2020"

Skyscraper facades made of glass and aluminum have already become part of the landscape of Polish cities for good. One of the leading manufacturers that provides systems for the construction of the most technologically advanced buildings is ALUPROF. The Polish company's offer meets all the requirements of energy-efficient and passive construction. A wide range of facade profiles is the answer to growing market demand.

Facades of modern skyscrapers are extremely modern curtain walls made of aluminum profile systems. They allow the construction of glazed facades of public buildings, and are also used to make spatial structures and roof glazing that create a unique climate and comfort for users. More and more often they are also used in modern single-family houses.

Post-and-beam facades

Glass-aluminum facades, thanks to unlimited freedom of design, allow the realization of bold visions of designers. Particularly popular are aluminum post-and-beam facades. Such a facade is constructed of lightweight curtain walls made of special aluminum profiles and glass. It is characterized by a high coefficient of thermal insulation, which minimizes heat loss. Thanks to its resistance to water, wind and impact, as well as its high level of soundproofing, it is also perfect for noisy city centers.

Detal budowy systemu
słupowo-ryglowego MB-TT50 © ALUPROFDetal budowy systemu
słupowo-ryglowego MB-TT50 © ALUPROF

Detail of the construction of MB-TT50 and MB-TT50 mullion and transom systems


Among mullion and transom facades, ALUPROF's most technologically advanced construction is the MB-TT50 system. The company has applied an innovative approach to the construction of profiles and accessories responsible for tightness and thermal insulation, as well as to the installation technology. Confirmation of this thesis is provided by the realizations in which the MB-TT50 system was used - suffice it to mention Alchemia in Gdansk, a prestigious office building that received the highest passive construction certificate: LEED Platinum.

Alchemia, Gdańsk

Alchemia III, Gdansk


ALUPROF MB-TT50 and MB-SR50N HI+ mullion and transom facade systems are the few in the world to be certified by the PHI Darmstadt Institute at the highest class A+, so they are recommended for constructing large glazed facades in energy-efficient and passive buildings. These systems can be seen on the facade of The Apex in London, the World War II Museum in Gdansk, and the City Gate office building in Lodz, among others.

Brama Miasta, Łódź

Gate of the City, Lodz


Unlimited design possibilities

Today's solutions allow architects to be bold and daring in design. The most respected architectural firms in the country and the world base the construction of building facades on ALUPROF systems. The comprehensiveness of the available solutions and the company's readiness to adapt the product to the customer's expectations drive the company's development and open up further possibilities in design. Experts from the ALUPROF team have developed an innovative "mullion-transom" connection in the MB-SR50N fac ade distinguished by its high load capacity - 1100 kg per transom. Another important functionality is the ability to create walls and broken walls with connections between modules of up to ±7.5° per side, and the construction of facades deviated from the vertical by an angle of ±10°.

ALUPROF's latest solution from this segment is the MB-SR60N facade. The system was initially the basis for custom-designed solutions for the most demanding projects, such as the Mint Legacy Tower (with MB-SR60N MLT) or the American 61 Ninth Avenue(MB-SR60NY), and is now in the standard offer. The MB-SR60N facade makes it possible to give buildings fancy forms with very fashionable large glazing The installation of fillings is carried out on the principle of attaching the glass to the aluminum structure. The system is also available in HI and Effect versions, in which, thanks to the use of a special system of attaching the glass to the mullions and transoms, we obtain from the outside a uniform image of a smooth glass wall divided by a structure of 24 mm wide lines filled with a special binder. A façade made using this technique can be seen on the .KTW office building in Katowice, Wroclaw's Wroclavia gallery and the Hilton hotel in Kiev, among others.

Alternative - element facade systems

In addition to mullion and transom variants, elemental facade systems are gaining popularity. The purpose of such systems is individual object realizations, where quick installation and elimination of external scaffolding are important. This method is sometimes the only way out during construction in crowded city centers and at high buildings.

ALUPROF offers several such systems: from MB-SE80, MB-SE85 to MB-SE155. The construction of an elemental facade consists of segments attached to the building's load-bearing structure and connected between each other, and prefabrication of the elements takes place in the production workshop. These facades have been used in prestigious projects such as the Mint Legacy Tower in Warsaw(MB-SE80 MLT), the LIC Marriott in New York(MB-SE80 SG) and the second largest residential building in Manhattan, 125 Greenwich Street(MB-SE98SG).

125 Greenwich Street,
Manhattan, Nowy Jork © ALUPROF LIC Marriott, Warszawa ©

125 Greenwich Street, Manhattan, New York, and the LIC Marriott, Warsaw, Poland.


Another facade variant is the MB-SR50N A overlay system, with which the aluminum profile is attached to wooden or steel profiles with fasteners. The system can be used for both vertical structures and glass roofs, which means that its advantages have been used in many public buildings, such as shopping malls(Kaskada Szczecin, Malta in Poznań) and railway stations(Wrocław Główny, Łódź Fabryczna).

Safe and aesthetic facades (fire protection)

ALUPROF aluminum facades can also act as a barrier against the spread of smoke and fire. MB-SR50N EI and MB-SR50N EI EFEKT mullion and transom facades are designed to make lightweight fire shield walls. These systems are visually no different from standard MB-SR50N facade solutions and do not disturb the smooth glass design of buildings. MB-SR50N EI and MB-SR50N EI EFEKT systems are available in fire resistance classes from EI 30 to EI 60 and can be used to organize so-called fire zones in buildings. In combination with aluminum fire doors (e.g. MB-78EI), they provide adequate conditions for evacuation of people. These solutions can be seen in many different projects, including the award-winning Object of the Year in Aluprof systems 2018, i.e. Green2Day in Wroclaw.

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