A large Private Gallery in St James.
Calibre design and build scheme, with a luxury commercial contractor and renowned London Architect studio.
Precise temperature and humidity control to protect high-value artworks. Climate control to be undetectable to preserve the high-end viewing experience.
To ensure optimal conditions for the artwork and as a condition of Gallery insurance, a huge amount of air had to be continually conditioned and supplied to the gallery space, without visual, audible or sensory impact on the environment. A close-control water-cooled system was selected, having the best control of temperature and humidity for this application.
Disused basement vaults were repurposed as housings for external equipment, with indoor close-control units mounted on acoustic spring mountings and incorporating heating and humidification. Supply and return air paths constructed from acoustic foam were carefully installed in a complex plenum arrangement to prevent direct sound transfer. Discrete grilles are inset flush with the wall at high level, and jet-black vertical grilles concealed within the door openings provide return air.
We chose the close control water cooled system as the perfect option to reliably maintain a constant temperature and humidity to ensure protection of the gallery's exclusive artworks.
Design Principal, Calibre
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