Winner in the Engineering category was the Steve Jobs Theater Pavilion at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., by London-based architects and engineers Eckersley O’Callaghan.
Photo: © Eckersley O’Callaghan

Winners of the World of Innovative Glass Lamination Solutions – an international design competition for projects using laminated glass or laminated safety glass – were honored during the Trosifol customer evening at glasstec 2018 in Düsseldorf, Germany, in late October. The competition took place between June 11 and September 7. Architects, engineers, façade consultants and glass processors submitted projects in three categories: engineering, resilience and aesthetics.

James O’Callaghan and Lisa Rammig, of London-based engineers Eckersley O’Callaghan, accepted the first-prize trophy in the engineering category for their Steve Jobs Theater Pavilion project. Measuring 154 feet (47 meters) in diameter, the theater pavilion’s 80-ton carbon-fiber roof is the world’s biggest structure supported exclusively by glass. The nearly 23-foot (7-meter) high glass cylinder delivering this support is made up of panels, each comprising four plies of 12-mm thick glass sandwiching SentryGlas ionoplast interlayers.

First prize for the resilience category went to He’nan Fuxin Glass for its Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge project. At 1410 feet (430 meters) long and 853 feet (260 meters) high, it was the world’s longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge at the time of its opening in 2016. The bridge incorporates glazed elements comprised of nearly 10- by 13-foot (3- by 4-meter) laminated glass panels. At 50-mm thick, the panels are made of three layers of 16 mm low-iron glass, with two layers of SentryGlas interlayer sandwiched between them.

In the aesthetics category, the Guilin Wanda Travel Center project submitted by Mingo Chen of Guangdong South Bright Glass Technologies Co., was the winner. The Wanda Group’s objective was to create a tourism complex that does justice to local culture and the topographical beauty of the surrounding landscape. For this, the Teng Yuan Design Institute used a special ribbed glass, which, when looked through, simulates different distances. SentryGlas ionoplast interlayers contribute the necessary structural strength.