Guardian high performance glass delivers vibrant highlight for new French wine centre

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Nine hundred panels with gold-coloured Guardian SunGuard® Solar Gold 20 and Guardian UltraClear™ glass, help to create a stunning highlight for France’s latest landmark building.

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Guardian high performance glass delivers vibrant highlight for new French wine centre
La Cité du Vin is a new cultural centre in Bordeaux, France, which offers a unique setting in which visitors can learn about wine, its history and influence on civilisation through a range of tours, exhibits and spectacular multimedia presentations. An observation deck on the top of the 55 metre high tower offers a 360° view of the city and the surrounding vineyards.
The building itself was designed by Anouk Legendre and Nicolas Desmazières of XTU Architects and makes a strong architectural statement thanks to its bold curves and overall shape which are intended to evoke wine’s soul and liquid nature: seamless roundness, intangible and sensual. Obviously, glass plays an important part in reflecting these aspects.
XTU Architects wanted to use the very best high-performance glass, because of its special role in reflecting light inside and out, while mimicking effervescence. The architects selected French cladding company Coveris to help find the right solution for this high visibility project. They turned to Guardian Glass in Europe, a leading manufacturer of high-performance architectural glass. Guardian’s experience and technical support proved to be invaluable.
“Choosing the glass was a long process,” says Coveris. “It was vital to select the right products that were best suited, both technically and aesthetically. We had to prove the feasibility of many aspects, from the choice of coating to ensuring that the glass could be distorted or curved outwards. Throughout this proc...
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