Translational Research Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes Translational Research Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes / Orlando, Florida, United States

Translational Research Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes

“As day turns to night, the building’s main street façade composed of the stainless steel sunscreens transform from a solid form into a transparent veil revealing an illuminated curtain wall that visually hints at the research discoveries occurring within.”
- Shannon Liggett, AIA, Project Architect/Associate, Flad Architects
  • Location: Orlando, Florida, United States
  • Year Completed: 2012
  • End Use: Healthcare
  • Architect: Flad Architects - Tampa, FL
  • General Contractor: Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors - Orlando, FL
  • Owner: Florida Hospital/ Sanford|Burnham Medical Research Institute


The sleek new façade of the Translational Research Institute for Diabetes and Metabolism gives the high-tech facility a look worthy of its rather complicated inner workings. Intricate weaves of Cubist mesh are markedly unique, especially in the evening when yellow LEDs are used to produce a criss-cross hatching effect. During the day, the mesh and associated Eclipse™ attachment system, act as exterior shading to the building.


The inherent nature of woven metal mesh makes it an ideal solution for solar shading. The mesh façade reduces glare inside the building and concurrently, reduces solar heat gain. Additionally, because of the open yet closed nature of the weave, the façade provides natural daylighting to the building, making it a more effective working environment for its occupants.


Reducing solar heat gain and glare to the interior portions of a building initiates energy cost savings. Shading is especially important in sunny Orlando, FL where it is necessary to run costly HVAC equipment for the majority of the year. Energy costs are also offset by the ability to use natural daylighting as an advantage, especially in less occupied areas of the building.

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