Reference Project: Bassengbakken 2, 7042 Trondheim, Norway. Completed July 2015
Mixed use building by Agraff Arkitektur AS with JST Arkitekter AS and consulted by Magna Glaskeramik UK + Scandinavia manager Andrew Savile from Low Impact Ltd.
Bassengbakken 2 is building on a triangular plot; an office, retail with catering business with a residential building in one, set on 5,800m2 site also as an infill building at the entrance to Lower Elvehavn. This is a dense use of the plot with high specification Class B thermally protected buildings.
Agraff AS and JSTArkitekter AS won the project in a design competition in 2009. They implemented the arrangement of the plot, from initial sketch, to preliminary and detailed design, as well as monitoring progress during the construction period. Construction start was July 2013, with completion in July 2015.
The building is clad with a range of systems from curtain walling to rainscreen, however the near 400M2 rainscreen areas are applied with Magna Glaskeramik in type Jade Patinated, thickness 21mm panels with 10mm open joints between panels and a Fischer ACT Aluminium rail under-construction method to hang the cladding back to the concrete structural frame.
The material offers a new and sustainable circular economy ethic, whereby the entire contents are sourced and upcycled from trade waste glass and can be locally recycled by glass processors at the end of a long life. The material is heavily durable, offering true performance and tested certification as well as suited to both hot and cold climates, strong against vandalisation, impervious to staining and almost self-cleaning in its finish.
These design details show the arrangement of the Glaskeramik panels at openings and to the ground, the positioning of the anchors at 100mm from edges and even the potential to mitre bond the material at outside corners.
Magna form the material from glass makers, those forming flat glass or bottle glass, this is then reprocessed in a controlled way without additions and the outcome reflects the input material. Green beer bottle source will produce a dark green and low iron glass from solar panels can provide a very white coloured Glaskeramik. A range of types and finishes can be studied on this website.
The material has absolutely no additives (such as a resin bond which many companies resort to reduce the issue of tension) and is categorized as crystallized glass ceramic in its nature and character. The technology allows for the growth of these strong crystals and deals with the air bubbles captured by the sintering process whilst also removing the tension in the sheet formation. This means that the true advantage over cast glass types is that the material slabs (of currently 2700x1200mm but shortly 3400x1400mm maximum sizes) can be premade and stocked in quantity affording a swift processing for projects. The material thus covers the glass, cast glass and the natural stone market but offers light translucency and randomized interior details. The patinated, natural surface offers an unusual textural
and aesthetic effect in the changing light and weather conditions which makes it stand out amongst the usual façade solutions.
Magna Glaskeramik is pioneering the circular economy in its promotion of 100% recycled and 100% recyclable façade material which is being taken up by global accreditation and test data and is becoming more usually specified as rainscreen but even in laminated curtain wall façade applications whilst generally regularly specified in interior applications from light walls, interior surfaces, flooring slabs and reception desks and kitchen splashbacks through to works of art, water fountains and shower screen and even for memorials.
The material is made in Germany to a high quality and standard and with a wealth of leading glass consultancy and technical advice in order to create a stable outcome. If you would like to know more about this exciting new material or require technical advice please contact us via the manufacturers website.