A futuristic new residential and commercial development in Glasgow has been completed, featuring innovative use of colour and glazing systems from architectural aluminium specialists, Technal, to provide a striking contrast to the city’s Victorian centre.

Designed by Davis Duncan Architects, The Matrix has already won award commendations in the Scottish Design Awards and the National HomeBuilder Design Awards. The architects collaborated with the internationally renowned artist Richard Wright to create a lively and colourful landmark building.

Technal’s MC 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.

Commenting on the design, Grant Robertson, Director, Davis Duncan Architects, said, “The MC 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.”

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 and were fabricated and installed by Saint-Gobain Solaglas.

MC curtain walling and FXI52 aluminium windows

MC curtain walling and FXI52 aluminium windows