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DuPont™ SentryGlas® on Sowwah Square towers in Abu Dhabi

DuPont™ SentryGlas® provides high resistance to temperature and humidity on facade for Sowwah Square towers in Abu Dhabi


The attractive new façade covering the four towers at Sowwah Square in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s new Central Business District (CBD) provides another stunning example of the functional and structural capabilities of DuPont™ SentryGlas®. 


Located in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Sowwah Square is Phase 1of Al Maryah Island  Abu Dhabi’s new dedicated CBD – a flagship 450,000 sqm mixed-use development combining premium office, retail and hotels set to redefine the business lifestyle of the UAE’s capital.

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Abu Dhabi Financial Center | Sowwah Square Towers 
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Sowwah Square is strategically located between the existing Abu Dhabi island and new growth areas of Reem Island and Saadiyat Island, comprising four Grade A commercial towers, the ultra-luxury Rosewood Abu Dhabi hotel, The Galleria, a 33,000sqm high end retail precinct, anchored by the headquarters of the new Abu Dhabi Security Exchange (ADX).

Designed by architects Goettsch Partners of Chicago, USA – manufactured and installed by Folcrá Beach Industrial Company W.L.L and J&H Emirates (Jangho) – the facade construction used on the Sowwah Square towers comprises a high performance glazed curtain wall system with external sunshade glass ‘Louvers’. These Louvers comprise two side-supported open edge glass panels, which are installed horizontally in U-shaped fixation systems. The laminate panels each measure 500mm x 1,000mm, or 300mm x 1,000mm and use 1.52mm SentryGlas® interlayer.

According to the architect, SentryGlas® was selected for its resistance to humidity and high temperatures, as well as its superior performance compared to PVB-based alternatives in terms of post-breakage behaviour and open edge performance.

Due to the strength of the interlayer, SentryGlas® laminates demonstrate excellent post-glass-breakage performance. Upon impact, the glass may break, but dangerous fragments will adhere to the SentryGlas® interlayer, reducing the risk of injury to people in the vicinity.

In addition, SentryGlas® is 100 times stiffer and five times stronger than PVB, which meant the architects were also able to design and specify thinner laminate panels and, as a result, significantly lighter than PVB-based alternatives.

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Sowwah Square Towers facade (close-up view)
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By deploying laminate panels incorporating DuPont™ SentryGlas®, architects were able to successfully address a number of important structural and functional demands on the Abu Dhabi Security Exchange.

By deploying laminate panels incorporating SentryGlas®, the architects were able to address a number of important structural and functional demands, one of which was the high daytime temperatures and humidity. The superior performance offered by SentryGlas® (which resists temperatures up to 80°C) in regions where high temperatures are common made it an ideal candidate for this project.

The building enclosure system was designed and fabricated to allow for noiseless thermal expansion and contraction caused by an ambient air temperature range of 5°C (low) to 54°C (high), with a nominal temperature of 27°C. Anticipated material surface temperatures due to solar heat gain, or night sky heat loss, were therefore evaluated for selected materials and finish colours and were used in all design calculations.

As Charles W. Wittleder, Senior Associate at Goettsch Partners states: “Although no specific humidity levels were specified for this project, the effects of humidity on exposed edge laminated glass were considered when specifying the use of SentryGlas® for the sun shade elements.”

“Specifying SentryGlas gave us greater design freedom. It allowed us to leave the glass edges exposed and to confidently design a two-edge captured system, with the glass panel spanning between edge clamps.”

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Sowwah Square Towers glass panels 
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Constructed by German laminator BGT, the laminate glass panels used for the Louvers were decorated with a special silk screen printed, two-colour congruent pattern in order to minimise the G-value. SentryGlas® was selected for its resistance to humidity and high temperatures, as well as its post-breakage behavior and open edge performance.

Designed and manufactured by German laminator Bischoff Glastechnik AG (BGT), the laminate glass panels used for the Louvers needed to be decorated with a special two-colour congruent silk-screen printed pattern in order to optimise solar gain and reduce solar glare. As Martin Sulzer of BGT explains: “We were chosen as laminator on this project primarily because of our expertise in silk-screen printing of glass laminates. For the Abu Dhabi Security Exchange, the glass Louvers have white spots on their outer side glass panels and black spots on their inner side. This two-colour congruent printed decoration minimises the G-value [solar energy transmittance] allowing less sunlight into the building, which keeps employees more comfortable on hot days.”

“The white color on the outer edges gives a slightly foggy, frosty appearance on the surface of the glass. The black spots on the inner side of the glass enables the human eye to look through the printed pattern on the glass,” adds Sulzer.

As well as its numerous functional advantages, SentryGlas® interlayers provide multiple aesthetic benefits, including high, crystal-clear transparency, virtually universal resistance to yellowing and excellent edge stability; all of which are important to the long-term aesthetic appeal of the building.

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Goettsch Partners is an innovative architecture firm with a global perspective, emphasizing a singular design approach across offices in Chicago, Shanghai and Abu Dhabi. Focused on combining exceptional design, technical expertise and unmatched service, the firm creates measurable value and environmentally responsible solutions. Services include architecture, interiors, planning and building enclosure design. Diverse projects around the world share a consistent emphasis on bringing bold design clarity to complex challenges.

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