Glass at all four corners
Custom glass fittings key to curved glass roof.
Sept. 16, 2009, Richmond, B.C., –A striking 325-foot curved glass roof is one of the first structures visitors will see as they embark on the new Canada Line Rapid Transit System in Vancouver, B.C.
Sept. 16, 2009, Richmond, B.C., – A striking 325-foot curved glass roof is one of the first structures visitors will see as they embark on the new Canada Line Rapid Transit System in Vancouver, B.C.
This unique glass design was made possible by custom point supported glass fittings created by Stella Custom Glass Hardware Inc.
Designed by Vancouver-based Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning, the roof is perched 60 feet in the air and its supporting steel beams form its shape, curving in two directions. This glazing project presented a challenge as designers needed to find a way to allow the flat rigid glass to follow the curved lines of the beams.
Stella Custom Glass Hardware created a connector that joined the glass and steel which allowed adjustments to accommodate the varied angles of the roof beams and the glass.
Guy Taylor, project manager and senior designer, at Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning says the glass structure is a fitting design for the Canada Line YVR – Airport Station which is the gateway to Vancouver for many international visitors.
“The structural glass roof over the platform level is a fundamental element of the station design,” says Taylor. “Stella Custom Glass Hardware successfully designed a structural glass roof fitting which satisfied the design intent, budget requirements and easy installation to make this unique design a reality.”
“Having the opportunity to create the hardware for the wave roof at the Canada LineYVR – Airport Station was a great challenge for us and we are sure visitors to the station will be impressed with the results,” says Roy Lamont, president of Stella Custom Glass Hardware Inc.
Stella Custom Hardware Inc. designed, engineered and manufactured custom stainless steel brackets that supported the panels of glass at all four corners. The frameless system allows for transparency and the brackets are individually adjustable to accommodate the curves in the glass roof.
The hardware met several design objectives including an aesthetic transparent look, easy installation and the ability to withstand the elements, such as wind, snow loads, and seismic events.