Home to a handful of landmarks, it is noted for the Braintree Library, with its imposing structure and distinct architecture.It is also a testimonial to how glass for libraries strikes the right balance of visual aesthetics and functional utilities.
The Braintree Library is a work of art conceptualized by world-renowned architects WS Atkin Consultants. Saint-Gobain‘s double-glazed comfort glass, SGG Parsol, in its shade of Grey, was used for the library. An ideal glass for libraries, it ensured that the dome-shaped edifice exuded a rather magnificent presence, while taking in an all-encompassing view of the surroundings.
Saint-Gobain Glass at Braintree Library, United Kingdom - Via Saint-Gobain Glass India Flickr Photostream
SGG Parsol is a body tinted glass manufactured by the float process. A tinted glass with a coloured appearance, it has the properties of a basic solar control glass. This tinted glass is specially designed for exterior applications such as glass windows and hence was used for the windows in the Braintree Library. External glazing maintains comfortable temperatures in the absence of air-conditioning and affords good internal levels of natural daylight. This attribute makes SGG Parsol just the perfect candidate as a glass for libraries.
At the Braintree Library, the tall, impressive glass windows are a sight to behold. They make their presence felt all around the library, welcoming as much natural light as possible. Epitomizing the storehouse of knowledge that it is, the Braintree Library throws light on how glass for libraries can be used intelligently. Whether it is maximizing the use of natural resources like daylight or doing away with artificial energy, glass is clearly the solution for a sustainable future.