How Skandinaviska Glassystem is meeting the future challenges of contemporary architecture and sustainability with their advanced glass and façade solutions
Swedish composite window manufacturer, Westcoast Windows, is part of a larger group of companies, predominantly established in Sweden and servicing markets throughout the Nordic regions, Switzerland, Germany and the UK.
The Hancap Consumer group of companies, including names such as Santex, Santex Glas, Seml, Uterumsmästarna, Dalkarlarna and Mistral Gruppen, have been producing windows and wintergardens for over 30 years.
Skandinaviska Glassystem (SG), part of the Hancap Façade group, has been developing, manufacturing and installing façade glazing solutions for large commercial buildings for over 20 years, and is recognised as one of the leading innovators of advanced building envelopes in Scandinavia and throughout the world.
The company was founded in 1994 with an offering focussed on their patented technique for glazing without exterior profiles. Since then the company has consistently delivered innovative solutions aligned with contemporary architecture, continually developing their way of thinking to meet and exceed the demands of their clients.
Their prestigious projects reach far and wide with many endorsements and accolades, including:
The LEGO House wins Danish Building of the Year
Based in Billund, Denmark, LEGO has build a grand visitor and experience centre, designed as 21 building blocks encircling an interior space. High demands were placed upon the façade design to provide energy efficiency and meet the visions of the architects. SG provided the exterior skin of the building which encompassed 10,000 m2 of glass and brick cladding. (Image credit: BIG, LEGO)
Tivoli Hjørnet pavilion in Copenhagen
In a prime location in central Copenhagen lies Tivoli, the most famous amusement park in Denmark. This latest addition to the park features a two-shell façade stretching along a 100 metre frontage that encompasses a food hall, sixteen outlets as well as an extension of the historic Nimb hotel. The outer single panes are beautifully curved creating a seemingly seamless skin, providing unity to the façade as well as protection from the sun.
New town hall in Täby, Sweden
The architect wanted to create an interesting and dynamic façade with different depths, achieved by using external plating of copper and zinc alloy. The well-proven SG-DrySeal assembly system was very easy to adapt to this particular project, with prefabricated modules. Particular features were designed for the project, including the northwest-facing façade that uses anti-condensation glass and the other facades that utilise sun protection glass and acoustic glass to achieve the noise reduction requirements.
Skandinaviska Glassystem Systems
Skandinaviska Glassystem (SG), have devised a number of innovative glazing solutions, including their SG2000 Distance façade concept designed to create a light, airy, transparent look for facades and roofs. SG Light is a distanced glass system where the glass is invisibly secured to the supporting structure using a clip, which creates a gap between the structure and glass by means of an arm, creating the impression of lightness. With this system it is fairly easy to make adjustments, making it suitable for use with existing steel or wooden structures. It is often used in shops, winter gardens, atriums, roofs, lobbies, public buildings and complex geometrical structures. View the system here (website link)
Skandinaviska Glassystem Additional Products
SG continuously develop new unique systems and products for each project, including the SG Door – a single-walled door with structural glazing appearance, essentially a folding wall system with no external profiles. The system is designed to open up large parts of the façade when needed, popular with cafes and restaurants as well as in villas and holiday homes. The SG folding door can be fitted flush with the surrounding façade. View the system here (website link)
The SG Window is designed specifically for use in structural glazing facades. It connects the glass directly to the frame and therefore has a very thin and light appearance, with the total thickness of the carcass being the same as a standard glass section in the façade.
The company also has the SG Rail system for internal or external use, manufactured for loads of up to 3kn/m and the SG Folding Door, a modern folding door with a structural glazing design.
To find out more about Skandinaviska Glassystem visit their website at: www.skandglas.se