Smart liquid crystal windows chosen for Oslo headquarters

Orkla has opted for smart liquid crystal windows at its new Oslo headquarters to maximise energy efficiency ambitions for the development.

The Norwegian consumer goods supplier selected the recently developed Eyrise dynamic liquid crystal windows for solar shading for the cafeteria terrace facade, enabling staff to enjoy continuous visual and thermal comfort without the need for excessive air conditioning and blinds.

Advanced Licrivision liquid crystal technology allowsEyrise windows to darken and lighten instantaneously. It works using sensors and can be controlled through the building management system. The glass always remains a transparent neutral grey colour when tinted, so natural light is preserved even when the windows are in a darkened state, and the view to the outside is retained.

“We have high environmental aspirations for Orkla City and were keen to minimise cooling requirements while optimising light, an issue in Norway where there is a lot of darkness throughout the year,” said Gjert Brun, managing director at Orkla Real Estate. “Eyrise windows give us a seamless adjustment of light and temperature and require a minimum of handling and maintenance while reducing our energy costs.”

Orkla City is the first building in Scandinavia to be equipped with Eyrise glazing.