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DuPont: glass elegance for research facility in Lisbon

2011-03-01 | Glazing / Insulating Glass

In this article, we take a look at one of the most recent applications of SentryGlas®, DuPont’s interlayer for laminated glass, in Portugal. Due to the position of the building – near the sea – the interlayer had to guarantee excellent weathering and durability.

DuPont: glass elegance for research facility in Lisbon
A visual highlight of the Champalimaud Foundation’s recently-completed biomedical research facility in Lisbon, Portugal, is the lightweight steel and glass bridge that connects its two buildings. The glass envelope encasing the bridge consists of curved panels of laminated glass made with DuPont™ SentryGlas® interlayer, specified by the structural engineers Schlaich Bergermann und Partner and the specialist contractor Bellapart on the basis of its decreased deflection and superior post breakage behaviour as compared to laminates made with PVB. Moreover, the proximity of the research facility to the sea meant that the excellent weathering and durability performance of laminates made with SentryGlas® were further criteria for their selection.
The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown was designed by Charles Correa Associates of Mumbai, India, and comprises two buildings set in a large public area that accommodate treatment units, research laboratories, an auditorium and exhibition area as well as the offices of the Champalimaud Foundation itself. The buildings are connected by a 21-meter-long steel and glass bridge, implemented by Schlaich Bergermann und Partner of Stuttgart, Germany, Prof. Schneider from TU Darmstadt, Germany and Bellapart of Olot, Spain. The curved glass envelope for the bridge consists of several laminated glass panels, each typically measuring 1,950 x 1,320 millimetres and produced by the Spanish laminator Cricursa using a comparatively lightweight const...
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