Polyvinyl Butyral (PVB) is a plastic mainly used for requirements of strong bonding, optical clarity, adhesion on many surfaces, toughness and flexibility such as automotive glass, architectural works. , with the advantages of soundproofing, anti-glare and UV rays. By layering multiple layers of PVB in different colors, the effect helps architects and designers to have more personality options. Here are 6 projects using PVB laminated glass to bring great efficiency.
Computer Science Building – Queen’s University, UK
The project was designed by architect Kennedy Fitzgerald with the aim of adding vibrancy to the once boring concrete building at Queen’s University, Belfast. The architects used stained glass for the inner balustrade along with heat-reducing slats on the façade, helping to bring a sense of freshness and dynamism to the students of Computer Science, which is considered by many to be the dull and tasteless.
School for the Disabled, Utah, USA
Dining room Jacoby Architects used stained glass in the staircase area, common space, multi-purpose house to create high-contrast accents, helping the space to have more light, cheerful colors and people with eyesight less can better spatial orientation. Blending a variety of colors together and with 100% transparency to translucent, the design maintains privacy in essential spaces such as treatment rooms.
Princess Máxima Pediatric Center in the Netherlands
During treatment and care at Princess Máxima Pediatric Cancer Center in Utrecht, the children had to cross a busy four-lane road to get to the specialist at Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital right across the street. LIAG architects and engineers designed a “tunnel of therapeutic light” to increase liveliness and restoration. Improving the mood of pediatric patients naturally, the glass also helps block out noise from outside.
Emporia mall in Sweden
The Emporia shopping complex impresses with its design and construction techniques. Shaped like waves, it does so thanks to the strength and flexibility of the PVB layers. The East entrance is amber color and the West entrance is the turquoise color of the sea. Following the external impressions are the elevators, stairs, stalls, restrooms, etc., as inviting visitors to explore and experience.
Sensor Center in Liverpool
The glass of the building is inspired by the computer chip of the Sensor Center – Sensor City. By layering multiple layers of PVB together, designers create a variety of colors and effects, making intricate patterns visible both inside and out. The insoles themselves can also be customized for aesthetic appeal. When sunlight passes through the glass, it will highlight the textures from the outside and the space inside. The project recreates the image of chips, sensor technology to remind and inspire people about revolutionary sensor technology – its function and purpose. PVB dipped glass can replace any surface, from interior to exterior, flat or curved, suspended or load-bearing, and at the same time bring excitement to buildings.
Rainbow Road in China
The bridge is pressed against the mountainside, using colorful PVB dipped glass making visitors visiting the famous Rainbow Cliff in China like standing inside a rainbow. The PVB layer adds UV protection and increases the strength of the glass surface. Although located on a craggy cliff, the bridge is still visited by more than 500,000 visitors annually.