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Musee Des Confluences

Project details:

Extra thick shaped laminated glass with total thickness 63 mm with electrical heating. Low-iron glasses fully tempered with heat soak test. 


Project description:

The Musée des Confluences which was opened in 2014 in Lion is a science center and anthropology museum. It’s outstanding appearance as crystal cloud of stainless steel and glass was many times named one of the most memorable and impressive museums in the world.

The museum includes collections of natural scienceanthropology, and Earth Sciences of the Musée d'histoire naturelle - Guimet. These collections will be supplemented by exhibitions of arts and crafts.

For this project we supplied extremely complicated extra thick and heavy laminated glass with electrical heating. We found the solution of complex irregular shaped glass heating dividing it into several zones with specially designed algorithm of heating. Total thickness of the laminated panel is 63 mm, it consists of four fully tempered and heat soak tested low-iron glasses. The function of heating is snow melting at the bottom of a glass funnel where precipitation can accumulate.

Project info

  • Location: Lion, France
  • Area (sqm.): 16 sqm.
  • Architect: Coop Himmelb(l)au