'Architects love designing with glass,' says Saint-Gobain Solaglas's marketing director, Chris Hoar. That's why 'Le Truck' - the company's demonstration vehicle, a travelling showroom which features the full range of products including glass floors and stairs, balustrades and other high- performance, laminated and toughened samples - has travelled more than 120,000 miles to practices around the country.
Two new trucks are currently being built - one to serve northern Britain and Ireland, the other the southern half of the country. But Saint-Gobain Solaglas is looking for a new name for them.
aj readers are invited to come up with a new name for 'Le Truck'. All you have to do is send your suggestion/s to arrive by no later than Thursday 9 July to the editor, Paul Finch, The Architects' Journal, 151 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4QX, marked 'Saint-Gobain Solaglas Le Truck Competition'.
The winner will receive an interactive kiosk for their office reception area, worth £3500, with a thin plasma touch-screen technology screen to show their own cd and other media. The kiosks are being made specially for Solaglas showrooms by dia, but are also being considered for installation in the Millennium Dome at Greenwich.
PROCTOR & GAMBLE HEADQUARTERS
Curved, clear toughened glass manufactured by Solaglas Thermax was specified for all four glass-encased fire escapes. The glass cylinders were created using 12mm SG Curved glass panes bent to a radius of 1.85m to achieve three-storey towers 3.7m in diameter.
BAR ROUGE, BRINDLEYPLACE, BIRMINGHAM
'A cafe building demands gaiety and cheerfulness,' says Piers Gough, 'and the glass shell and winged roof-form provides this within a crisp geometry to complement Brindleyplace's large, hard-edged office buildings.' SG Screen-Lite fritted glass was used for all 56 roof glazing panes to minimise glare and reduce solar heat gain. Laminated glass was used for the roof panels' inner panes for safety.
ONE NEATHOUSE PLACE, LONDON
The two main facades of the recently renovated office block features more than 4000m2 of Saint-Gobain Cool-Lite and Planilux glass. All the glass was toughened and heat-soak tested - the company's toughened glass has a very low distortion allowance which was among the architect's key requirements.
WATERSTONE'S BOOKSHOP, GLASGOW
W H Smith Group Property with BDG McColl
Glasgow now boasts the largest bookshop opened in Britain in 50 years as part of a£3 million conversion. A glazed lift-car rises through an all-glass elevator shaft from the basement to the second floor. SG Saftigard, toughened safety glass 19mm thick, was used, including flush fittings within the countersunk holes, and crystal clear silicone glass sealants maintain the glazing's high clarity.
TURNKEY SERVICE ON STRUCTURAL GLAZING
Structural glazing requires exacting specifications and tight tolerances throughout the design, manufacturing and installation cycle. For this reason Saint-Gobain Solaglas offers a full design, manufacture and installation service for its SG Spider Glass structural glazing system.
SG Spider Glass is a fully tested structural glazing system that has been in use for over ten years by the Saint-Gobain Group throughout Europe. One of its main advantages is a unique knuckle joint system, which enables designers to use far larger panes of glass than is possible with traditional rigid bolt systems. Until recently, however, technical support for the British market was supplied by the company's Belgian operation, which limited the use of SG Spider Glass in this country.
With the introduction of the British-based operation, architects can now call on a dedicated structural glazing team for a complete technical support and design service. In projects where Saint-Gobain Solaglas is not the installer, strict quality audits are carried out by our own glass engineering team.
All enquiries regarding Saint-Gobain Solaglas products and services should be directed to:
Nixey Close, off Sussex Place
Berkshire SL1 1NQ.
Glass Facts Service
Tel: 01203 458844
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