Pilkington Planar™, the world’s leading structural glass system has evolved from the original patch plate system pioneered by Pilkington Architectural over 45 years ago. With a proven track record in the most demanding applications, the Pilkington Planar™ system lets architects create a complete glass envelope for buildings, with façades on any plane. This allows architects to design highly attractive light filled environments creating a greater feeling of space. Depending on the design, the support structures can be located internally or externally, and be as subtle or as dominant as you require. Support can be derived from glass mullions, a conventional steel construction, or the highly versatile Pilkington Planar™ Tension Structure design or even a combination of all such schemes.
Always Striving to Reach New Heights!
Architects, engineers and consultants are continually demanding higher performance and creating newer and more complex designs. Our in-house engineering team and research centre are constantly testing new designs solutions, enabling architects and engineers the design flexibility they require. It is this intense level of testing backed by over forty years of experience that gives the end user the confidence to know that Pilkington Planar™ delivers the safest product on the market.
How It Works
Pilkington Planar™ structural glazing system provides a flush glass surface by utilising stainless steel fittings housed in countersunk holes to fix the glass facade back to the structure instead of using the more conventional framed systems. The result is a fully engineered system with the minimum of structure and the maximum visual clarity. A silicone seal between adjacent panels provides weatherproofing.
Quality is assured by the use of Pilkington glass, with fabrication and design carried out in an ISO 9001 certified manufacturing facility in St Helens, UK. Operating under the ISO 14001 environmental management system.
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Pilkington Planar™ models are now available through the widely-used BIM programme Revit, helping architects and engineers to accurately and collaboratively create structurally glazed atriums, facades, and roofs in 3D modelling.
The models help Revit users to design glazed facades in the programme with the same ease of a standard integrated curtain wall system. It also enables specifiers to easily upgrade curtain walling to a Pilkington Planar™ façade.
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