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NorthGlass: when art meets glass

NorthGlass is building a new welcome centre for Denver Art Museum

In a list of top designers and construction companies, Tianjin NorthGlass is the only Chinese supplier to appear in the list of suppliers of Denver Art Museum, located in Colorado, USA.

The new Welcome Center project undertook by Tianjin NorthGlass is located between Hamilton Building and the North Building of the museum, as the main entrance of gallery and education projects, it is a joint project of the museum aimed to revitalize the North Building, designed by famous Italian architect Gio Ponti, to strengthen the connection between various functional areas of the museum and to improve the tourist facilities.

The new welcome centre is an independent elliptical space that cantilevers over the ground. The all-glass façade provides a broad view around the cultural centre and the facade of oversized curved tempered glass creates an elegant surface ripple. The objects around the building reflect on the curved glass and flash a very dreamlike visual effect, creating a new experience.
“The oval glass curtain wall will be used as a structural support for the new welcome centre building, which is a pioneer in North America. There are 52 glass panels in the oval curtain wall, each of which is 25 feet high and 8 feet wide.” According to Denver Art Museum, “the welcome centre forms a sharp arc contrast with Hamilton House on the opposite side of the street, with sufficient natural lighting. Whether you are inside or outside the building, no matter where you stand, you can have a unique view through the 52 curved glass surfaces of the oval structure.”
Denver is a beautiful city, known as “The Mile-High City”. Considering the characteristics of high altitude and strong sunlight in this area, the new welcome centre adopts 2.5mx7.5m oversized tempered laminated triple-silver Low-E insulated glass, which ensures the energy saving effect of large glass panel to the maximum.

At the foot of the Rocky Mountain, the Denver art museum was founded in the 1990s. The original design elements are fused with the new techniques of NorthGlass super glass, reaching the high level of architectural aesthetics. Today, the Denver Art Museum is the newest, the highest and the most modern art museum in the United States.

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