Glasgow Building Takes Blue Ribbon

The Beatson Cancer Research Facility at the University of Glasgow, which was constructed using Wicona-brand aluminium curtain walling, has won an RIBA Award for architectural excellence.

The building is also the only building in Scotland to win a full Civic Trust Award 2009. The building's other accolades include the Glasgow Institute of Architects Supreme Award Winner and Best Healthcare Building, and Best Public Building at the Roses Design Awards.
Designed by Reiach and Hall –The building takes the form of a transparent crystalline cube, which reflects the advanced nature of the research center.

Wicona unitized curtain walling was used to create a complex double-skin façade, which allowed the building to maximize light transmission while reducing solar gain. The tall glazed units allow light into the center of the building and its laboratories, helping to provide an inspirational working environment and attractive views. Each double-skin unitized panel carries a pane of laminated structurally bonded glass on the outside, with a double glazed unit behind. Insulated opaque glass conceals services, and the third face of the external glass is fritted, providing an unusual solar screen, and reducing the amount of UV light entering the building.

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