Striking façade shines with Solarban® 90 Starphire® glass

Solarban® 90 Starphire® glass from Vitro Architectural glass enhances the handmade glazed ceramic tile façade at1217 Main Street in downtown Dallas.
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Date: 14 April 2022

The perfect balance of aesthetic allure and energy efficiency.

The 1958 Guardian Savings Bank, a four-story building in a prime location in downtown Dallas, has been given new life as part of an adaptive reuse project. Dallas-based firm 5G Studio Collaborative transformed the dilapidated building into an urban asset by creating a striking mosaic façade featuring six different shades of blue handmade glazed ceramic tiles surrounded by Solarban® 90 Starphire® glass.

“Solarban® 90 Starphire® glass was selected because of its clarity, reflection and lack of color,” explains Yen Ong, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, the lead architect on the project. “Ultimately, the glazing selection worked very well with the project’s material palette.”

Starphire Ultra-Clear® low-iron glass from Vitro offers industry-leading clarity while Solarban® 90 glass delivers high-performance solar control. United in a standard one-inch insulating glass unit (IGU), they block 77% of the sun’s heat energy and achieve a crystal-clear aesthetic with visible light transmittance (VLT) of 54%.

Read the full case study on 1217 Main Street and learn more about Starphire® glass and Solarban® 90 glass at



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