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CASE STUDY 3 Adobe Systems Inc offices

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Architect Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel (GKV) incorporated Vanceva Design laminated glass into the New York offices of software giant Adobe Systems in a way that was particularly suited to the client. Taking full advantage of the immense palette of colours and patterns which Vanceva Design offers, the architect created a glass wall comprising more than 450 panels which represent individual hues within Adobe's Illustrator software. Visitors entering the lobby of the 50-year-old, 25-storey building, immediately see a kaleidoscope of rich colours that merits the description 'technicolour'.

The three wall panels serve as dividers between the front lobby, conference room and training room. The 304 x 304mm glass panels, which are held in a steel framing system, are a fitting tribute to the immense colour and design potential inherent in the Vanceva Design system.

Aanen Olsen of GKV Architects explains:

'We wanted to create a space that functions like, and is representative of, the colours found within Adobe Illustrator.We therefore needed a glazing system that offers a large variety of colours to help us recreate the wide range found in Adobe Illustrator, as well as colours that provide translucency; these would help to separate space and provide privacy for the company's conference room, training room and the front lobby.'

The original attempt at this particular wall system was created by California-based Mauk Design for Adobe's San Jose headquarters, where plastic-coloured glass panels were mounted in an aluminium framing system. But shortly afterwards the designers realised there was a better system.

Choice of colours Designer Ingrid Ballmann explains: 'By the time we began the New York project, we had learned about Vanceva Design and so made a change in our material use because it offered greater durability, and colour selection.' The three wall panels - which incorporate a total of 106 colours from the Vanceva Design palette - are 2.6m high and in lengths that vary from 5.48m to 6.7m wide. Although all glazing panels are flat, the angled framing system helps to create the illusion of a curve. Some of the panels also use Vanceva Design to impart a vivid graphic pattern to the glass.

Lance Smith, of the Minneapolis-based Mirror Factory, oversaw the lamination on the project. 'It was a huge organisational project, ' he says. 'Each panel had to be separately coded for colour, wall location and where it would be located within the wall system.

Some panels, because of the complex layers of Vanceva Design, required thinner glass because the multiple layers required to achieve a custom colour added thickness to the panel.'

Stable pigmentation Several benefits, inherent in architectural laminated glass with Vanceva Design, have proved invaluable, particularly the stability of the pigmentation. Aanen Olson says:

'Even though this project is an interior application, we still needed a glazing product that would protect the colour of the glass from fading as the lobby receives a fair amount of sunlight.'

Demanding tests and in-use trials have proved that laminated glass systems made with Vanceva Design deliver dependable colour stability. However, even greater solar protection can be achieved when Vanceva Design is used in conjunction with tinted glass and coatings. That will be in addition to the improved sound control, increased safety and security, lower solar-heat gains and structural performance which are associated with laminated glass.

Architect: Mauk Design, USA Laminator: Mirror Factory, USA Project completed:2001

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