The Joy of Innovation

Our work begins with the architect’s idea. Every project is about emerging deeply into the building task at hand from an aesthetical as well as from a functional viewpoint and sharing the enthusiasm for the architect’s vision for his façade while developing a solution for it. OKALUX sees itself as facilitator and has proven this in many projects in the over 50 years of its company history. 

Rem Kolhaas had a technicized vision of the façade for his Central Library in Seattle in mind. He came to us with the question of whether an expanded metal insert could be integrated in insulated glazing. After many obstacles had been cleared, OKATECH evolved as an attractively designed glazing which could disperse incident daylight softly into the interior while regulating heat input. 

Similar stories can be told for the first integration of timber grids in the cavities, from coffee beans, stones or other insert materials. It always starts with an architect approaching us with an idea for his façade. These collaborative developments not only require a profound understanding of functional questions regarding building shells but also much experience and a sensitive handling of materials. 

In its collaboration with the architects, OKALUX shifts the limits of feasibility again and again.Whether it is a research station in the Antarctica or Maggie’s Cancer Centre by Steven Holl in London. This is where the first J-form curved insulating glass with capillary insert was used – with satin finish, digital printing and a numerous variety of edge seals. There is no doubt about it, the project was a challenge. But the continuous brainstorming with the architect keeps us going and leads us to the further development of products and solutions again and again. This is our philosophy and we are always open to a dialogue about new ideas.