The Krook is an impressive new build development, situated on a previously dilapidated piece of land. Situated in the heart of Genk, it was a large scale urban regeneration project that now houses a library, laboratories and offices for Gent University.
Designed by the Ghent bureau Coussée & Goris in collaboration with RCR Arquitectes, the Waalse Krook building is a bold, modern construction that elegantly combines durable materials – glass, steel and cement.
To complement the modern aesthetics and open-plan functionality of the building, AMG’s frameless glass balustrade solution was selected. AMG designed and installed approximately 800 metres of glass balustrading throughout the construction of the Waalse Krook project.
Stainless steel glass balustrades
The balustrading features custom made profiles and anchors which were designed specifically for the project.
Stainless steel handrails feature in parts of the glass railing, particularly around staircases. Manufactured from grade 316 stainless steel it is also finished in brushed K320. The 316 stainless steel means the handrails benefit from superior impact and corrosion resistance as well as a high resistance to fire and heat. In fact, AMG produced certain sections of the internal balustrading with greater levels of fire resistance.
The material is also hygienic which is important due to the fact they are present in public areas of the library. The Krook receives more than 7000 visitors on a daily basis! A final benefit of the 316 stainless steel is the modern, tidy aesthetics they provide to the glass balustrades.
Frameless glass balustrades in the Krook
The glass balustrading installed in the Krook project features 25.52mm toughened laminated extra clear glass. All glass was tested with the heat soak test, and the glass that features in the external balustrading has a special coating which not only provides extra protection from dirt but also provides protection from aggressive load bearings.
The AMG frameless glass railing system significantly increases levels of natural light throughout the Krook building. The all-glass appearance means greater levels of light can pass through internal areas.
The AMG Frameless Glass System complies with various regulations across Europe, including Nederlands Bouwbesluit 2012, French CSTB of the Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment, German AbP: ‘Allgemeines bauaufsichtliches Prüfzeugnis’ (AbP is a German abbreviation for “General Building Codes Test Certificate”). AMG are currently testing the system according to UK Building Regulations, in close collaboration with its sole distributor Balustrade Components UK.
The AMG Frameless Glass Balustrade System is exclusively distributed within the United Kingdom by Balustrade Components UK.
One of the UK’s leading balustrade fixings solutions providers, Balustrade Components offers state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities together with unparalleled technical service capabilities. The company guides architects, specifiers, housing developers and other industry professionals through every stage of the project specification process, incorporating high quality balustrading into residential, commercial and industrial projects.