Flying high with clever façade technology 09 December 2020

Around 130,000 fischer FZP II Zykon panel anchors have been used to securely anchor the granite panels to the substructure of the Farglory - THE ONE skyscraper in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Kaohsiung is Taiwan's second largest city measured by its approximately 1.5 million inhabitants. The Farglory - THE ONE skyscraper is a 68 storey structure towers at a height of 268m, making the skyscraper the tallest residential building in the Taiwanese metropolis and the sixth tallest in Asia.

The skyscraper was successfully completed during its construction phase between 2015 and 2018 and was designed by the Taiwanese architecture firm C.Y. Lee & Partners. It was named after the Taiwanese Farglory Group, the architecture and construction firm responsible for the project. The Group consists of multiple corporate divisions that offer various services for modern society.

The rear ventilated curtain wall façade is an important project component. It was planned and executed by the curtain wall consultancy firm ORIGIN Design & Engineering Co Ltd from Taiwan and the Taiwanese façade construction specialist Wan Shin Co. The building envelope was clad with natural stone panels made of the Silver Star granite from India and G603 granite from China, each measuring 1,700mm x 803mm x 30mm.

The façade panels were supplied and processed by the Taiwanese Tung Kung Engineering Co. Around 130,000 fischer FZP II Zykon panel anchors of the 13x24.5 M8/SO/15.5 AL variant securely anchor the granite panels to the substructure and the support structure, a steel construction with reinforced concrete.

“The professional customer consultation and support provided by our Taiwanese importer Fuhau Engineering Corporation Ltd was crucial towards being commissioned with the project,” emphasises Ralf Weber, market manager façade systems for the fischer Group of Companies. “We have been working in close cooperation with our partner in Taiwan since 2001. With their range of products and services, they specialise in important architectural aspects, such as high-quality façade and interior construction.”

The advantages of fischer’s façade systems came into play during the project. “Our undercut anchors achieve higher load values than alternative solutions such as edge fastenings,” says Weber The FZP II Zykon panel anchors enable this through form-fit installation without expansion pressure in the conical undercut drill holes. “There are further structural benefits that result from the positioning of the undercut anchors in the so-called 1/5 point of the façade panels,” Weber adds. “The FZP II thereby achieve lower slab bending moments and higher load-bearing capacities. This allowed thinner and larger façcade panels to be installed during construction of the ‘Farglory - THE ONE’ skyscraper and other projects.”

The economic efficiency is another advantage, as fischer’s all-in-one curtain wall solutions make installation faster while reducing construction time and project costs. “Our façade systems also offer a long service life and low maintenance costs, which improves the stability of modern, energy optimised building envelopes while ultimately benefitting the environment,” Weber adds.

Harmonious façades such as these also provide a sophisticated look, as the panel anchoring is concealed on the reverse side, as are the fastening points themselves. fischer façade systems therefore meet the high requirements of modern building envelopes that permanently combine state of the art safety, functionality and contemporary thermal protection with an appealing look.

Claire Aldridge Deputy Editor t: +44 (0) 1727 743 889

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