Large-size Glass Art with Love of Detail
Those who will travel from London to Cambridge by train, will see the future landmark of the city: the tower of the Assessment Centre of the University of Cambridge. With its colourful printed glass, the envelope will be another highlight of the university city. The artisitcally designed laminatesmake the building an outstanding construction project. It is based on a question by the artist couple Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier: What is knowledge? The result is a strong statement for the transnational and intercultural character of the nonprofit education institution, and also for sedak's glass competence.
sedak printed 476sqm of glass with the multilingual answers to the artists' question as well as with selected text passages of works by famous authors defining "knowledge". The lines are applied in strong orange and blue shades. Although they overlap, they are still perfectly legible thanks to the precise ceramic-ink digital printer. It allows sedak to print even the thinnest lines with a resolution of 1024 dpi. The smallest letters are only 6 mm high. The ceramic inks are resistant to scratches and UV radiation which makes a permanent color brilliance possible.
For the 39-meter high Office tower, sedak delivered a total of 36 orange printed double laminates for the tower, and 15 blue printed sedak isosun IGUs for the façade of the so called "link" connecting the two main building complexes.
Eric Parry Architect
University of Cambridge
Claire Oboussier and Vong Phaophanit
36 double laminates
out of 10mm heat-strengthened glass with SG interlayer
in up to 4m x 2.45m
15 sedak isosun IGUs
out of heat-strengthened glass with 8mm Edgetech spacer and
ceramic-ink digital print in up to 4.58m x 1.98m
Photos by Claire Oboussier and Vong Phaophanit