Year 2004


Barcelona: world’s first ‘UV-breathable’ laminated glass

Architects Robert and Esteve Terradas of Barcelona describe the city’s newly-renovated and expanded (45,000 m2) Science Museum (completed September 2004) as "a living museum that will set new standards in terms of transparency - a very modern construction that will enable the plants and animals inside to really live and breathe." The project was made possible by the use of an innovative grade of DuPont™ SentryGlas© Plus™ structural interlayer that is "UV-breathable, on the flat roof of an Amazonian rainforest exhibit".The UV-breathable 938 m2 laminated glass roof is rectangular in shape.

Catch 22 for young architects

Young architects are victims of Catch 22. They need commissions to generate a body of work, but few clients will trust someone who hasn't built anything yet. For many, the solution is to enter - and ideally win -a prestigious design competition.

Mini fleet for Pilkington

A fleet of thousands of new Pilkington floatliners is about to start rolling off the production line. But at just a few inches long, these wagons won't be carrying their usual 20-tonne loads of Pilkington glass to customers worldwide.

Recent glass company closings in western Pennsylvania

Houze Glass closed its Point Marion, Fayette County, facility on Wednesday, leaving 57 people without jobs. For 102 years the company made glassware and later ceramic mugs and plastic goods.Glenshaw Glass Co. closed its Allegheny County plant on Nov. 22, leaving about 300 people jobless.