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Carnegie Library showcases DuPont SentryGlas Expressions and characterises a new way of thinking for libraries

Du Pont Engineering Polymers : 29 September, 2005  (New Product)
The recent renovation of the Main Branch at the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh, PA., is an example of the design elements made possible by SentryGlas Expressions. Prominently featured in the design of the library's windows, walkways and stairs, the decorative interlayers add vitality and radiance to the project. SentryGlas Expressions design elements at the library include illustrative images of globes, embedded within the glass to create an effect of openness and space, while dividing the computer lab from areas of study. The same technology also features in the Brookline library's 'light wall,' which projects natural light from a rooftop skylight onto both floors creating an open, airy feeling.
The recent renovation of the Main Branch at the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh, PA., is an example of the design elements made possible by SentryGlas Expressions. Prominently featured in the design of the library's windows, walkways and stairs, the decorative interlayers add vitality and radiance to the project.

SentryGlas Expressions design elements at the library include illustrative images of globes, embedded within the glass to create an effect of openness and space, while dividing the computer lab from areas of study. The same technology also features in the Brookline library's 'light wall,' which projects natural light from a rooftop skylight onto both floors creating an open, airy feeling.

'Our decorative interlayers provide architects and designers a durable canvas to reproduce images. It offers a new dimension to the design and overall feeling of a space,' said Chris Anderson, marketing manager for DuPont SentryGlas Expressions.

Pittsburgh's Edge Studio selected the DuPont technology for the project because it enables designers and architects to create custom projects in a prompt design-to-production process. 'DuPont SentryGlas Expressions was essential in achieving the ultimate user experience. Architecturally, it allowed us to integrate graphics that would entice the user to explore all areas of the library and go deeper towards the discovery of research,' said Gary Carlough, Prinicipal Architect at Edge Studios. 'The product gave us the advantage to direct people more clearly, while also creating serendipitous areas of the library.' Lamination of the decorative panels was carried out by Dlubak Corp. of Blairsville, PA.

SentryGlas interlayers allow high-quality imagery and design textures to be integrated within the safety glass. Creating custom designs in glass begins with DuPont patent-pending ink and interlayer technologies. Images received by DuPont are digitally printed in full-colour, using high definition inks onto laminated glass interlayers. These same industry-proven interlayers are also used in laminated glass to ensure superior adhesion and safety. Printed interlayers are sold to qualified laminators and are permanently incorporated in-between two pieces of glass.
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