VELUX teams up with Foster + Partners for first commercial offering

VELUX has launched the new VELUX Modular Skylight in close cooperation with leading global architect practice Foster + Partners. Set to fill a gap in the commercial skylight market, it provides an aesthetically pleasing, cost effective and energy efficient solution. The skylight signifies the roof window manufacturer’s first move into the market and was launched at Foster + Partners famous London landmark The Gherkin.

The skylight’s unique modular design means that it is delivered to site ready to install complete with flashings, controls and blinds, but is flexible enough to offer a variety of different solutions for various building types including schools, hospitals and offices. Importantly, the off-the-shelf nature of the product and VELUX’s mass production capability means that the product minimises quality risks and the potential high costs of customised design to make life easier for all relevant project participants.

VELUX’s latest partnership forms part of the company’s continued investment in research and development. More than £40million is now invested annually in product innovation.

Keith Riddle, Managing Director at VELUX, comments:

“The launch of the VELUX Modular Skylight responds to demand in the commercial sector for products that are increasingly time and energy efficient. Our partnership with Foster + Partners means that the new skylight will provide many more projects with intelligent, aesthetic and cost effective solutions while buildings’ occupants stand to reap the rewards of a naturally-lit and well ventilated building. Our innovative approach to our product design is all part of making the UK’s buildings a more enjoyable place to be.”

David Nelson, Senior Partner and Head of Design at Foster + Partners, adds:

“The benefit of collaboration between an organisation like ourselves and the VELUX Group is enormous. By combining knowledge and components in the way that we have with VELUX is a very good thing for design in the future.”

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