DuPont™ SentryGlas® brings superior aesthetics, security and transparency to an Italian home
The strength and clarity of ionoplast interlayers enabled vast laminated glass panels in a private Italian villa, creating a seamless continuity between the interior and exterior.
For the restoration of a splendid private Italian villa, situated within the Parco del Ticino area (Piemonte Italy), the Studio Sandri architectural studio of Milan (Italy) chose to take advantage of the properties of DuPont™ SentryGlas®, the structural interlayer for laminated glass. By virtue of its structural strength, vast panels of laminated glass have been incorporated into the design of the villa, facilitating an almost seamless continuity between the interior and exterior environments.
Both the simplicity and the rigorous geometry of the structure permitted an immense use of glazing in its design. The feeling of transparency and light is further conveyed and enhanced thanks also to the almost invisible fixtures used to secure the glass panels made with SentryGlas® structural interlayers.
The precise and autonomous volumes of the glazing distinguish themselves from other aspects of the building, providing light and a generous view of the surrounding landscape. The garden becomes a true extension of the living area: the large windows transferring the exterior magic and colour to the villa's interior in a symphony of strong, visual aesthetics.
In order to maintain the perception of continuity between the exterior and interior of the construction, and having to adapt the existing windows to much stricter regulations compared to previous years, the most logical solution for the architects was to adopt SentryGlas® structural interlayers.
"The contemporary style of the villa is enhanced by the use of SentryGlas® for the tall and large panels, measuring 2.20 meters wide by 5.30 meters in height," confirms a spokesperson for the architects.
"The structural strength of this interlayer has also contributed to a reduction in weight of the overall structure, consisting of two layers of toughened 8 millimetres glass with a 1.52 millimetre interlayer of SentryGlas®.
"The project presented us with a genuine technical challenge: in addition to developing a customized solution for the glass supports, we required the production of exceptionally large laminated glass panels with SentryGlas® when compared to standard dimensions. The result is a lightweight structure designed to allow the maximum ingression of daylight."
The mechanical properties of the interlayer, its consistent transparency over time, an almost universal resistance to yellowing and the excellent stability of the edges, made it possible to meet the stringent safety criteria while simultaneously achieving excellent results in terms of aesthetics.
A key factor was to provide greater security in case of breakage and chipping of the glass: SentryGlas® interlayers guarantee integrity thanks to their stiffness and excellent post-breakage glass performance. Even in the event of accidental breakage, glass panels laminated with SentryGlas® demonstrate an extremely low level of deformation and dangerous glass fragments remain perfectly adhered to the interlayer.
DuPont™ SentryGlas® interlayers were created to provide superior solutions in the use of glass for architecture and construction. Their particular strength and long-lasting transparency, even after many years, have enabled architects and structural engineers to expand the range of possible applications for this material.
SentryGlas® is also a cost effective solution: thanks to the mechanical properties of the interlayer, it is possible to reduce the weight of the glass and, consequently, the weight of the supporting structure. The structural interlayer is widely used throughout the world for architectural projects of all types and sizes. Besides the most advanced building technologies, SentryGlas® finds new spaces in residential architecture, offering innovative design opportunities in this segment as well.