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The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme Accredited
BS EN ISO 9001:2008 Certificate No. Q05104.
BS EN ISO 9001:2008
Certificate No Q 05104

Material: Glimmer Glass Mesh-Reinforced Resin

Project: UCL Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, Howland St, London


Glimmer glass mesh-reinforced resin kinetic facade at Howland Street London
British Construction Industry Awards

British Construction Industry Awards 2016

Winner: Major Building Project of the Year (over £50m)

Leaf awards 2016
Leaf awards 2016

Leaf Awards 2016

Overall Winner

Winner: Best Façade Design and Engineering

Project Information

Glimmer glass mesh-reinforced resin forms a dynamic kinetic façade at University College London Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour.

Glimmer glass mesh-reinforced resin kinetic facade at Howland Street London

Locker Architectural Ltd supplied 3800 pixelated panels to form the façade to the Ian Ritchie-designed Sainsburys Wellcome Centre.

To achieve the required dynamic effect the Locker team developed unique, custom-formulated GRP 'pixels' designed to ripple and shimmer with the changing breeze.

Each pixel is constructed from Glimmer glass mesh-reinforced resin to achieve high bending and impact strength whilst still maintaining 85% light transmission values. 3800 pixels were laser-cut to 0.6mm tolerance then edge sealed by hand.

Glimmer glass mesh-reinforced resin kinetic facade at Howland Street London

 

The combined ripple effect of each pixel creates undulating waves of movement travelling across the façade that are fascinating to watch.

The Glimmer pixels are UV stable and conform to BS Class O fire rating.

Glimmer glass mesh-reinforced resin kinetic facade at Howland Street London Glimmer glass mesh-reinforced resin kinetic facade at Howland Street London

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