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PwC Tower

A Glass Prism Curves into the City Skyline

Studio Libeskind

PwC Tower
By Editorial Staff -
AGC Flat Glass has participated in the project

The Libeskind Tower in Milan, better known now as the PwC Tower after the client, is the final piece in the jigsaw of Piazza Tre Torri, the largest pedestrian precinct in the city and the heart of the CityLife district. Designed by Daniel Libeskind, the office block soars up next to the other two towers, designed by Zaha Hadid and Arata Isozaki, and now housing insurance giants Generali and Allianz respectively. AGC Flat Glass Italia, the Italian division of AGC Glass Europe, was involved in the project, bringing its specialist expertise in flat glass production. The PwC Tower has 31 floors, rising 175 m, and a characteristic curved, prismatic shape that houses over 33,500 sq. m of office space. The glazed façade, affectionately nicknamed “The Curve”, was made with a selective magnetron ipasol Neutral 50/27 coating on Planibel Clearvision glass for the exterior side and Stratobel Clearvision laminated safety glass for the internal section.

Ipasol Neutral is a range of solar control glazing that makes it possible to flood a room with natural light, while minimizing excess heat radiation in summer and heat loss in winter. The range of ipasol magnetronic coatings (created using a thin film of precious metal on the glass pane) combines an elegant, yet neutral touch with excellent light and energy performance. The double layer silver coating for ipasol Neutral 50/27 guarantees 50% light transmission, reduced reflection, high levels of solar protection (solar factor of 27%) and optimal thermal insulation. This coating is applied to Planibel Clearvision, an extra clear float glass (i.e. low iron content) that provides enhanced transparency and stupendous color.

This makes it an ideal base glass for secondary transformations, especially as it can easily undergo other treatments and it also remains neutral even in particularly thick panes (up to 19 mm).

On the internal side of the façade, Stratobel was used as this laminated safety glass looks just like ordinary glass. Layers of PVB film placed between two or more panes of glass are the essence of the transparent protection this glass offers. If the glass breaks, it shatters but remains in place, thus reducing the likelihood of injuries or falls, and making it harder for people to break in.

Like the other two towers in the CityLife district, the PwC Tower is a cutting-edge building for sustainability having been designed to minimize energy consumption and optimize user comfort. The involvement of AGC Flat Glass Italia fitted in perfectly with this goal, offering innovative solutions that combine technological performance with esthetics, while also meeting demanding quality standards.

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