The VZ 080 and VZ800 can be used to cover every horizontal or slanted window surface: It can be mounted on the winow surface directly or with support feet, it can be attached to a wall and combined with the support structure to create a patio roof (which is called "Versuz"), it can be used vertically in front of a window as a screen or between 2 walls, etc. The cloth can run top-down, bottom-up or sideways. In short, one system for every possible sun protection application!
Thinking of the big picture,
while designing the details.
The most difficult part of develloping a system is that every descision that you make in the design of one element, can have an influence on the entire system. That's why it's crucial to focus on the global picture, even when you are working on the details.
Good visualisations and rapid prototypes can help to illustrate how all the different elements interact with each other.
Easy to install due to user centered design.
Observations and interviews with trained installers helped us to define the most difficult; error sensitive or time consuming operations during the installation process. With those in mind, we develloped a new product with a very straight forward installation procedure, where the installer can acces everything from the top.
Our in house made prototypes helped us to visualise and verify this new workflow. This allowed us to get the crucial feedback from technicians, marketeers, etc. to make the design a succes.
When the design is finished,
the real work begins.
As you can not verify everything in a 3D CAD model, a lot of effort went to real life verification. Multiple iterations of rapid prototypes, milled parts and first production batches were assembled to optimise the product.
This results in a product that looks good, is easy to produce and assemble, but most of all works great! It opens and closes smoothly, even after 10.000 times of opening and closing; the cloth is stable even in heavy weather conditions; etc. It has all been tested and verified.
"Together with Achilles we created the VZ system, a flexible system that responds easily to every different building situation. That's what our clients really want."
"Designing a system is much more complicated than a single product. It requires a specific approach."
R&D manager Harol
Industrial designer - Project manager