Guardian Glass Europe has provided the glass for the facades of the first Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Romania, officially opened in 2019 in Bucharest.
Cumulus architects creatively combined two types of glass due to their aesthetic and performance features, in order to generate the facade material and permeability, from agitated to smooth, from vivid to still, and to achieve a large glazed envelope with dimensions up to six metres. all Images © Arthur Tintu
”The clear expression of the outdoor-indoor relationship involved a large-size glass pane to cover the floor height. The glazed facades of the ground floor and the first floor represented a challenge from a technical point of view: from transport to mounting and fastening. Using Guardian Glass, we were able to cover without any problems high vertical dimensions of 5 metres on the ground-floor to 6 metres for the first floor, without requiring any horizontal separation,” explained Ivona Amariței, architect, Cumulus senior partner.
In the ground-floor area, where the reception and restaurant are located, the view is completely open to the outside due to the ”almost invisible glass” effect of Guardian Clarity anti-reflective glass having a maximum degree of transparency and clarity, thus maximising the visibility and minimising the light reflection.
For the first floor, which hosts the conference rooms, the architects chose the solar control Guardian SunGuard HD Diamond 66 glass, which identical look and feel of a diamond provides a degree of privacy, as well as openness when viewed from the inside to the outside.
”We used the features of the glass from Guardian Glass to express the segregation of the functions according to the degree of inside - outside permeability. Thus, on the ground floor, the absolutely transparent glass is used, with no reflection which makes it accessible, fluent and connected to the outside. As for the first floor, where the conference rooms are located, we used glass with a strong mirroring coefficient which lets you see clearly from the inside to the outside, but not the other way around,” added Ivona Amariței, architect, Cumulus senior partner.
Guardian Clarity™ anti-reflective glass allows the penetration of a large amount of light, reduces reflection and has excellent optical properties. The glass is ideal for architectural projects where very high transparency is desirable, as well as reduced reflection and glare. Compared to standard glass, Guardian Clarity™ reduces reflection from 8% to approximately 0.7%, while increasing light transmission from 90% to 98%.
Guardian SunGuard® HD Diamond 66 creates bolder and brighter architectural projects without compromising on natural light transmission, colour distortion or exterior views through the glass. Optical colour neutrality and energy performance are key attributes of this glass, helping to create more comfortable buildings with bright, modern façades.
Architect: Cumulus Architecture
Glass processor: Delta Glass SRL, Bucharest
Cladder: Metalplast Construct SRL, Bucharest
Photo credits: Arthur Tintu, all rights reserved