The Safety Issue

2rd Edition

Image source: Tim Fisher, Antwerpen

Introduction & Editorial

On an objective level, expectations around the issue of safety and security tend to be subject to national standards. However, as individuals, we all have our own ideas about what is and isn’t safe. People view safety as a basic need and tend to seek out refuge and a sense of security in the buildings, cities and spaces that surround them. There is a range of timeless solutions that have been used for generations to address objective requirements (such as protection from fire, burglary, gunfire or explosions), as well as more subjective needs (clarity, brightness, orientation, etc.). With its signature Swiss precision, Jansen meets the highest standards of safety and quality, while also making a distinctive architectural statement with its bold yet delicate design language. No other material makes such literally light work of bearing such heavy loads. Steel profile systems offer an unparalleled level of design freedom. With a level of durability that is second to none, they are making a lasting mark on the image of contemporary architecture. At the same time, they also address a wide range of safety issues.
With this in mind, this issue of SCALE magazine is devoted to the topic of safety. We will take a look at some of the projects we have carried out around the world, demonstrating that our steel systems are capable of realising even the most unusual plans – even when the buildings are subject to stringent safety requirements, as is often the case with parliamentary buildings, prisons, museums or banks. This issue also features some exciting specialist articles from renowned experts in the field, giving us insights into topics such as cyber security and facade testing. In a particularly inspiring article, a visually impaired mountaineer provides his perspective on the topic of safety – one that is bound to change the way we look at the issue ourselves.

Your SCALE Editorial Team