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Project details:

KAFD Skywalks is an outstanding project with double glazed insulated glass units with Stopray Titanium coating from AGC range. Extra large dimensions, triangular shaped of 2.4m*4.6m with SGP interlayer, silk printed, and stepped edges.

Project description:

This project became Glassbel’s first project in Middle East region.

Skywalks is a project in the King Abdullah Financial District development and designed by the prestigious practice, Henning Larsen Architects, who have received many prestigious international awards for their ambitious and complex designs. For this project, the architectural brief was to create a modern environmentally friendly and safe structure for the new financial district in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), based on the efficient flow of pedestrian traffic within an enclosed structure in an extreme environment.    

The Skywalks are a network of foot-bridges, that connect separate buildings within the district to protect pedestrians from the extreme environmental conditions.

The challenge was to make the external glass of the outer laminate smaller along the perimeter than the inner pane of the laminate. Production of such a complex product required precise positioning and a special lamination process to prevent glass form misalignment.

The main feature for this project is the requirements of quality tolerances. An example of this:

  • the dimensional deviations for complex large triangular shapes of no more than 2 mm;
  • the level of optical distortions for tempered glass to be less than half the accepted industry standard.

Project info

  • Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Area (sqm.): 48 000 sqm.
  • Architect: Henning Larsen Architects