Low-e insulating glass for the Blavatnik School of Government
To encourage interaction and collaboration among students was the goal when the Blavatnik School of Government (University of Oxford, England) decided to make one building out of three. The architectural design by Herzog & de Meuron reflects the open communication concept. It has its architectural culmination point in the "Window to the World" - a gigantic glass pane in 10.7m x 3.2m giving a remarkable view from one of the shared areas.
The „Window to the World“, fabricated by order of Waagner-Biro, consists one laminate made of two 10 millimeter low-iron glass panes. The glass units are laminated with a 1.52 mm thick PVB interlayer, processed into a double insulating glass and coated against glare and solar heat gains. To facilitate the installation in Oxford, a stainless steel frame provided by the client had been bonded to the insulating glass unit in sedak’s production hall.
With an area of around 34 square meters, the „Window to the World“ offers an unobstructed view from the shared area at the opposite side of Walton Street where Oxford University Press, the world’s largest university press, is located.
Find out more about the "Window to the World" and how it was transported to Oxford in our press release "The Whole World in one Window".
University of Oxford
Herzog & de Meuron
Clad Engineering GmbH
double insulating glass in 3.2m x 10.7m with a weight of 3.5 tons and a special coating against glare and solar heat gains
Pictures by: Trevor Palin/palin images