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Vodafone Headquarters

Lisbon, Portugal

Automation of active façades

For the new Vodafone headquarters in Lisbon the architects A. Burmester Arquitectos Associados S.A. came up with an original idea for sun protection: aluminium panels that fold vertically and offer protection from the sun and noise, lending the façade such a special appearance that it now ranks among the most extraordinary buildings in Europe.

Be it a small residential house or a gigantic office complex, the drive technology has to be robust, reliable and flexible. This is the reason why elero's tubular motors were chosen for this exceptional project. Nearly 1,000 drive units were installed to ensure reliable opening and closing: together with the appropriate elero control units, they move the aluminium shutters at 14 rpm, thus giving the façade its characteristic "wrinkly" look.