The Matrix, Glasgow

Architect: Davis Duncan Architects
Fabricator: Saint-Gobain Solaglas
Awards: Urban Housing Development of the Year, Building Communities Awards
Award commendation, National HomeBuilder Design Awards
Award commendation, Scottish Design Awards
Products: Grid curtain walling, FXi52 balcony doors and casement windows

A futuristic new residential and commercial development in Glasgow features innovative use of colour and glazing systems from Technal, providing a striking contrast to the city’s Victorian centre.

The architects collaborated with an internationally renowned artist to create a lively and colourful landmark building. Technal’s curtain walling, which is framed by black rainscreen cladding, carries large 2.4m high panels of glass, and spans the full height of each storey on the south elevation to flood the living spaces with natural light.

The glazing specification – 8mm toughened and 8mm laminated glass – meets the required acoustic performance, and architectural interlayers in a palette of rich colours were applied to both clear and reflective glass, which glows vibrantly at night and complements the coloured aluminium panels during the day.

Technal’s FXi52 balcony doors and casement windows were inserted into the curtain walling. All the glazing systems were finished in a dark grey polyester powder coating for a contemporary appearance.



The Architect’s Perspective

Grant Robertson, Director, Davis Duncan Architects:

“The curtain walling system has a slim profile and yet is sufficiently robust to allow us to use large expanses of glass that achieved both the artistic composition and the functional form we were looking for. We could also fit doors, windows and insulated panels into the system.”