Uría Menéndez is considered one of the most prestigious lawyer’s offices in Europe. Over a thousand people are working at their offices worldwide. Their new headquarters, in line with the firm’s prestige, will have a truly iconic design right in Madrid city centre (Spain).
The glass has transformed the façade of an old building at 42 Suero de Quiñones Street, both in terms of aesthetics and energy efficiency. Tvitec has supplied the glass panes for the entire building envelope, with high performance solutions and including about six oversized units, clearly visible on the main façade.
These large glass panes, 10m long by 3m wide, top the whole façade, designed by the renowned Rafael de La-Hoz architect office. Tvitec has shown on this project their capabilities in laminating extra-large glass panes.
Each unit has been laminated by using SentryGlas interlayers to improve the safety and soundproofing of the building envelope. In addition, all lites were toughened and heat-soak tested, and digitally printed with a white pattern that creates a unique design of high durability.
Altogether, Tvitec supplied more than 2,000 sqm of several different solutions in high quality architectural glass. The inner skin of the façade is made of insulating glass units which serve as a support to the above mentioned large units, among others, smaller, located on the side parts of the building.
This is the way Tvitec’s high performance and eco-efficient architectural glass contributes to the bioclimatic façade that the architects designed in order to assist the natural ventilation in Summer and keep the heat in Winter. For the 10m units, barely available in Europe but through Tvitec, the design team chose Planitherm XN II (Saint Gobain) on low-iron.
In addition to the sustainability that Tvitec’s architectural glass provides, the lamination process enhances the safety and soundproofing properties of the glass as this building is located in a really central and noisy part of Madrid.