Corning silicones allow blend of design and function to create iconic cultural centers
around the world.
Adding to the joy that music and theater brings to cultural
patrons - as well as to the cities in which they are located - is a new
generation of striking architecture made possible by silicone-glazing
“Architects, designers and builders can now create venues with the elegance,
drama, and sophistication that befit their imaginations,” said Mike
Blaszkowski, Construction industry marketing manager, Dow Corning.
Compared to other types of sealants, the chemical structure of silicone gives
it superior adhesion to and compatibility with a variety of building
substrates, such as ceramic, glass, plastic, and metal. This allows buildings
to incorporate more artistic three-dimensional glass curtain wall designs
without sacrificing the strength, stability and longevity of traditional
“Silicone glazing systems are able to flex, extend and compress with the daily
stress of thermal shear that allows them to maintain their strong adhesion,
even under the most extreme of environmental conditions,” Blaszkowski said.
Examples of aesthetically innovative buildings that have benefited from silicone
technology include the following.
Opryland Hotel Convention Center
in the heartland of Nashville,
TN, music echoes through the
laminated glass covering the Delta atrium at the Opryland Resort and Convention
Center. Dow Corning silicone sealants were used in the glazing and weather
sealing of the approximately 5,000 panels of glass that encompass the 4.5 acre
skylight atrium. Currently the hub of activity
at Opryland, the Delta is home to several retail stores and restaurants. The
large and sophisticated project required effective teamwork between Dow Corning
and the contractor, consultant, architect, and other material suppliers involved
in the project.
Shanghai Oriental Arts Center
Shanghai Oriental Arts Center
China’s Shanghai Oriental
features a unique façade that resembles a butterfly orchid in bloom. Its
complicated spider fixing system uses more than 40,000 square meters of
laminated glass to house five separate performance halls. The Dow Corning
weatherproofing sealant that was used to successfully assemble the curtain wall
façade has been proven to avoid the problem of glass delamination. Dow Corning
also recommended this product because its black color matches the specified
glass, ensuring the aesthetic quality and bringing the architect’s idea and
inspiration to life.
the heart of Warsaw, Poland, architects envisioned an
imaginative and innovative space to house a cultural center that includes
office space and shopping in addition to an entertainment complex. Złote
Tarasy’s dramatic curved-ceiling design required an equally innovative
solution. Dow Corning silicone sealants were used to bond and seal more than
10,000 square meters of triangular glass panels, creating a complex curtain
wall that protects the bustling space below.
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more than 25,000 customers worldwide. A global leader in silicon-based
technology and innovation that offers more than 7,000 products and services, Dow
Corning is equally owned by The Dow Chemical Co.
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For more information about creative glazing and façade solutions with silicone
sealants, visit www.dowcorning.com.