A combination of coloured fabric from Sefar and DuPont™ SentryGlas® have created and aesthetically pleasing and structurally robust glazing design that really stands out.
The new HQ for the Belarusian Potash Company (BPC) is a staggering example of glazing being deployed to maximise light and colour. The laminated glass panels incorporates Sefar® Architecture VISION 260/55 with 55% open space for the colour and texture effects and a DuPont™ SentryGlas® interlayer for structural strength.
The laminated glass panels deploy a SentryGlas® interlayer, which adds to the structural strength of the design, without additional weight or design compromises. In total the glass façade covers 2,850m2 and is applied on a steel skeleton covered by a stick-frame construction structural system.
Designed by Varabyeu Partners architects, the building comprises offices, meeting rooms, a 180-seat conference hall, a reception area and guest apartments. Employee facilities also include a 56-seat café an underground car park and a gym.
The building is formed from two wings joined at the centre the stylised red crystal, the idea being that the building looks like a bird when viewed from above. The wings are connected by a full-height atrium that joins the crystal entrance hall with a system of staircases and panoramic elevators. Each wing represents a gallery to create an air of comfort and calm.
The red crystal structure at the centre deploys Sefar® Architecture VISION 260/55 with 55% open space, which gives glass a textile-like structural quality. It is decorated with a reflective red aluminium metal coating on its exterior-facing side, reflecting the constantly changing climatic conditions around the building. While from the inside, the black fabric permits an almost uninhibited view of the outside world. The laminated glass panels deploy a SentryGlas® interlayer, which adds to the structural strength of the design, without additional weight or design compromises. In total the glass façade covers 2,850m2 and is applied on a steel skeleton covered by a stick-frame construction structural system.
D.Sc. Dmitri Sobolevski from GLASSBEL explains: "SentryGlas® is the material of future construction with its unique structural performance. Through numerous tests and trials GLASSBEL has achieved optimum ways of working with SentryGlas® and as a result, unique projects such as Belarusian Potash Company's office have been achieved. However GLASSBEL is finding further ways of using SenryGlas® and maximizing its performance."
According to Jérôme Lugrin from Sefar: "SentryGlas® and Sefar Architecture Vision work very well together to produce a strong yet aesthetically pleasing design. Its ability to maintain its transparency and optical properties in the long term also means that the aesthetically appealing nature of the design is visible for many years. SentryGlas® outperformed PVB in terms of cohesion with the fabric mesh ensuring greater moisture resistance and temperature stability for longer term durability."
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Birgit Radlinger | DuPont
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