The Institut de France premiered last February a modern and beautiful auditorium that will complete the cultural activity of this prestigious gala institution, which brings together the main academies of fine arts and sciences of the country.
To contribute to that feeling of modernity with respect to the classical architecture of a huge and spectacular palace dating back to the 17th century, the project's architect, Marc Barani, opted for high-performance glass as a very prominent element, among other building materials. first quality.
Tvitec was the company chosen to supply the large glazed pieces that surround the new auditorium amid imposing walls and domes of centuries-old stones. Tvitec, supplied for the French façade Coveris, specialized in curtain walls, units of more than 5 meters high laminated with Sentry Glass. Tvitec provided the additional security demanded by the prescribers in this envelope with the use of several layers of Sentry Glass in the lamination process.
The glazed capsule of the new auditorium of the Institut de France is actually a double skin composed of more than twenty units, in each case, of up to 15 + 15. The inner skin of the envelope is a 10 + 12.2 with PVB sheets, while the outer skin is composed of glasses 15 + 15.2 with Sentry Glass (2 * 0.89).
For the exclusive production of this type of solutions, the Spanish company used Low-iron glass. In this way, the security and acoustic conditions of the huge Tvitec laminates add to the project of the Atelier Marc Barani some aesthetic factors of clarity, transparency and luminosity, really spectacular due to the low iron content of this range, with which at the same time, a greater passage of light is achieved.
The entrance of greater natural light favors the energetic efficiency in the enclosure and at the same time it makes it more comfortable for the concurrence.
Tvitec exceeded its quality controls in each piece, even over its already demanding standard standards, because despite being a small work in terms of glass surface, the company was aware from the first moment of the unique architectural framework in which it would install and shine its production.
In the manufacture also bet by the bright polished edge in all units. The result of the glazing of the auditorium has been revealed as extraordinary for all the public that attended the inauguration of this renovated space.
The new auditorium of the Institut de France has a capacity for 350 people and will become an essential piece for cultural work and international dissemination of the five French academies. The auditorium integrates perfectly with the architecture of the palace and its urban environment. The building can be accessed from the courtyards of the palace and Cardenal Mazarine street, which borders the institute.
Tvitec has in its manufacturing facilities Cubillos del Sil (León), very close to Ponferrada, with the most technologically advanced laminate lines on the market, with capacity to process large dimensions of glass, and highly specialized professionals in this type of solutions and a technical department that advises the client in the final prescription of the most appropriate type of product.
Besides it is a small work in terms of glass surface, Tvitec was aware of the unique architectural framework in which they would install and highlight their glass. In a very short period of time, during this same year, Tvitec will also have special equipment to manufacture curved laminated glass of special dimensions, with which it will become the great integral transformer of architectural glass in Spain and in one of the most relevant at European level.