SageGlass Harmony Selected for Innovative Swiss Office Tower
Saint-Gobain Subsidiary Introduces Revolutionary Glass Solution for State-of-the-Art Office Project, Millennium Center
Remove the excess. It’s a good way to approach most things in life; A&D is no exception. This mantra helped Yann Guyonvarc’h, owner of Millennium (a smart office building set to be completed in Crissier, Switzerland, in 2020), make one of the easiest and most important purchasing decisions for his company’s monumental project.
Millennium’s entire façade will be outfitted with a new product from Saint-Gobain subsidiary, SageGlass, called SageGlass Harmony™, an elegant dynamic glass solution that will help the project’s design team take more control of the building’s overall energy profile—an incredibly sensitive topic for the European country it will call home. Specifying Harmony was a project-defining decision for Millennium, as the product itself inherently represents the same ideas of sustainability, efficiency and innovation that Guyonvarc’h and his team want the completed building to embody.
“SageGlass will help reduce the amount of HVAC use, but also through maximizing daylight, it will reduce the amount of artificial lighting needed during the course of a day,” explained Ryan Park, Global Head of Product Management and Marketing for SageGlass.
Harmony provides building occupants with a seamless connection to the outdoors given its unique features which allow for the dynamic adjustment of light filtering throughout the day. Integrating this product can also help a building save up to 20 percent in energy consumption over the course of its lifecycle by virtue of Harmony’s ability to block out unwanted heat; this is before accounting for other energy-saving factors like lower artificial light usage. The product will also provide occupants at Millennium’s 1,500 workstations with an unobstructed connection to the outdoors, a glare-free work environment and beautiful views of Lake Geneva and its mountainside. This connection with nature was essential to the Millennium team, which wanted to find a solution to traditional blinds and shades that can mar the view.
“Every product we select for our building needs to be an expression of our commitment to delivering only the very best,” said Millennium project team member, Martin Schlienger. “This was especially important for our glazing selection, since it is such a significant and visible part of our design.”
The goal set forth for the project was to create an incredibly high-tech, innovative center that would attract the start-up community. To do so, its exterior and interior had to inspire prospective tenants with a design that would maximize daylight, views and by extension, productivity.
Harmony marries the best of both of SageGlass’ first two product offerings, SageGlass® and SageGlass LightZone®, by utilizing an in-pane gradient pattern, to keep out the glare while allowing natural light through.
“From an end user’s standpoint, it’s much more aesthetically pleasing in terms of its design, because it eliminates the more defined lines between tinted and clear areas of the glass,” Park said. “By changing the tint of the glass according to the sun and outdoor elements, we can dynamically control and maximize the amount of light that comes into a building in real time.”
Harmony’s gradient tint adjusts over the course of the day and can run top to bottom, bottom to top, or even at various tint levels depending on the location and intensity of the sunlight. Customers can find bottom-line efficiencies through use of this product by avoiding the sometimes costly maintenance of both internal or external blind systems and mechanisms, as well as maximizing square footage that may have been lost to a double skin façade.
The Millennium project team will take Harmony one step further by integrating it with the project’s Siemens Building Management System and connecting it with the building’s cloud service. This will eventually lead to a seamless connection to smartphones, allowing facilities management and potentially individual occupants to have more control over the settings of his or her own workspace via a mobile app. Undoubtedly, this feature will help the building attract tenants who share the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit of Guyonvarc’h himself.