I work with a leading glazing manufacturer within the UK. Three years ago, with the Operations Director kindly offering me a site tour, I was staggered at how innovative their array of products are.
For some projects, I appreciated using a glazing system can increase a building's aesthetic qualities. What I didn't fully appreciate, as the below highlights, was how using glazing as a curtain walling option can manage solar control. Architects managing the Lakhta Center development are employing the latest innovations in heat reflective technologies and solar control. Although colossal, the building will decrease energy loss through heating and air condition expenditure. Quite staggering when I consider radiation from my conservatory from November to April!
The Lakhta Center is designed to be a colossal project to construct a contemporary business center in the Primorsky district of Saint Petersburg, Russia. It will be implemented as a pilot project of an integrated development of the area and the construction of a mini city on the outskirts, therefore creating a sustainable district for life and work. At 86 floors and 462 m tall, it will be the tallest tower in Europe when completed in 2018. The architects Gorpoekt and RMJM deployed a whopping 44,000 sqm of high-performance glass from Saint-Gobain for glazing Europe’s tallest tower.