Pilkington Planar™ Shines New Light On Dublin's City Quay

06 October 2005
City Quay, a new five storey office and retail complex, has just been completed on the banks of the River Liffey in the heart of Dublin's business district.
Pilkington Planar Shines New Light on Dublin's City Quay

With such a picturesque urban setting, KMD Architecture of Dublin needed a glass system that would enable spectacular and unhindered views across the river and city. Pilkington Planar™ was a natural choice.

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.

KMD Architects specified three different Pilkington Planar™ glazing options to achieve their requirements. Two were single glazed systems; one utilised for the external lift shafts, and fixed back to structural steel with the Nexus casting and 902 bolts. The third was in the ground floor retail area where the facade was connected to 19mmm glass fins using 905j Pilkington Planar™ bolts. Additionally, Pilkington Planar™ insulating glass units supported by 19mm fins were used in the upper floor office development to meet the U-value and sound reduction requirements of this area.

Specialist glass sub-contractor, Dunnes Glass, Dublin, a key partner of Pilkington, installed the Pilkington Planar™ System and worked closely with KMD Architecture to ensure that key visual requirements were met and commercial property building regulations observed. Not only does it provide fantastic views from inside the building, but the frameless glass system also creates a stunning building that is a welcome addition to the Dublin skyline.

The majority of this state of the art development will house a large accountancy practice with the ground floor retail area let to an art gallery and coffee shop. Andrew Hayden of KMD Architecture commented, “Pilkington Planar™ proved to be the perfect solution to our fenestration requirements on this project. City Quay is a prominent and important development in Dublin and we wanted to get it right. We looked at a number of possible solutions, but chose Pilkington Planar™ for its ease of installation and the overall clarity of views it allows over the cityscape - a key feature of the building.”