Elegant curved glass replaces old zinc in the roof of the Kenzo Building in Paris

In a prestigious quarter in central Paris, a new glass roof now soars over Kong, the celebrated Japanese restaurant. Superbly elegant and refined, it highlights the Kenzo boutiques located on the lower floors of the same building.

To help unleash their creativity while designing the glass roof, the architects at Studio d'Architecture Jean-Jacques Ory selected Glaverbel Sunergy, an extremely clear low-emissivity solar-control glazing easily capable of meeting the project's highly demanding specifications.

The first objective was to comply with the standards imposed by the City of Paris on its historical heritage by opting for a clear glass with the lowest possible level of light reflection. The second important consideration was to find a glass that could be curved to fit the conical section of arch in the roof. The third goal was to find a high-performance double glazing assembly that could be curved, laminated and toughened, while at the same time ensuring optimal comfort for restaurant patrons -regardless of the weather.

All the factors in this complex scenario indicated that Sunergy solar-control glazing was the ideal solution. With its neutral, super-high-performance hard coating, it is the only glazing that can be easily processed in such a way to make these kinds of architectural miracles possible.

The Sunergy glass is mounted in a thin metal frame, allowing Kong's patrons to appreciate the excellent view of the river Seine - a total contrast with the old opaque zinc roof. The glass is curved in the lateral part of the roof and arched in two directions in the spherical tip, forming a sort of prow overhanging the Pont Neuf neighbourhood. Some of the glasses are toughened, while others are toughened and laminated. The architectural ensemble can be fully appreciated from both the inside and outside.

MIPIM -- the international market for real estate professionals (celebrating its 15th birthday this year at the Palais du Festival in Cannes) -- hit the nail right on the head. This event, which brings together some 15,000 decision-makers, awarded the Kenzo Building renovation project one of the industry's most prestigious awards in the 'Office Renovation' category. Anyone who did not have a chance to attend the ceremony in Cannes can always marvel at the glass roof in Paris, while enjoying top-notch Oriental cuisine at Kong and a marvellous view of the Seine.

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