Clearwater Revival09 January 2006
Providing a focus for the regeneration of Swansea's Maritime Quarter, the National Waterfront Museum Swansea has opened to the public, making extensive use of the Pilkington Planar™ frameless glazing system.
This exciting new landmark for the Swansea waterfront involves the renovation of an existing grade II listed warehouse building and the creation of new galleries, which together house artefacts from Wales’ maritime and industrial history telling the story of industry and innovation.
Specified by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Pilkington Planar™ was the natural choice for this project as the architects were looking for a powerful, narrative design to make the museum a key Swansea tourist destination and landmark for the city.
Pilkington Planar™ provides a flush glass surface using countersunk holes and stainless steel fittings to fix back the glass façade to the structure instead of the conventional framing systems. The result is a fully engineered system with the minimum of structure and the maximum visual clarity.
Specialist Pilkington Planar™ accredited installer, Parry Bowen, installed the Pilkington Planar™ system and worked closely with Wilkinson Eyre to ensure that all technical and visual requirements of the project were met. Not only does the system provide fantastic visual quality into the building, but the frameless glass system also creates a stunning exterior facade that is a welcome addition to this newly regenerated area.
Wilkinson Eyre Architects commented: “Pilkington Planar™ worked really well on this development and met all of the technical constraints of the project. We needed a glass system that was strong and durable, yet aesthetically pleasing and sympathetic to the re-development of a listed building.”