Stairs, bridges and floors showcase the structural strength of laminated glass

Laminated Glass News showcases state-of-the-art developments that leverage the structural strength and design freedom of laminated glass as a 21st century material for bridges, stairs and floors.

Apple Computer Inc.’s new store in SoHo, New York (completion: July 2002) uses laminated glass with DuPont™ SentryGlas® Plus ionoplast interlayer for a glass staircase, bridge and mezzanine ensemble that look levitating, weightless, gravity-defying – and simply amazing, architecturally.While the outstanding structural strength and clarity of DuPont SentryGlas® Plus ionoplast interlayer is used for the stunning, ‘free-floating’ glass staircase, bridge and landing, laminated glass with Butacite® PVB is also used in Apple’s SoHo store for a skylight, vertical walls and handrails that complete the new-age glass and steel look of the store.Architectural and structural engineering experts have said that the staircase, bridge and mezzanine represent a quantum leap forward in using the strength of glass for a self-supporting structure while demonstrating the aesthetic lightness of glass with a new minimalism.The splendor of the stair structure is emphasized by the highly-polished, exposed edges of the stair treads which, although they contain a 1.5 mm interlayer of SentryGlas® Plus for phenomenal structural strength, give the appearance of one solid piece of transparent glass per stair thanks to the dedicated craftsmanship of laminator Depp Glass of Long Island, New York.

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600450 Stairs, bridges and floors showcase the structural strength of laminated glass
Date: 5 July 2003
Source: DuPont

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