DIGITAL PRINT/CERAMIC FRIT

Project Scope and Description – Alberta Boot, (Boot), Calgary, Alberta

Once home to a derelict industrial warehouse, development was planned to transform the former Alberta Boot Company site in Calgary’s Beltline district. Two multi-use towers, including a 390-room Marriott Residence Inn, a 10,000 square foot conference centre, and a 33 storey residential tower, have converted the underutilized space into a cultural and economic hub for the city. The 100 million dollar project included high end architectural features including back-lit exterior glass displaying contemporary art. Glass 3 was commissioned to secure a technical supplier that could seamlessly expand one detailed piece of art over numerous panels of glass to create this stunning imagery.

Features:

Three corner of the building would feature 15-30 lites of 3/8” Low Iron Tempered Glass, digitally printed with local artwork on the #2 surface, then laminated with a second lite of 3/8” Low Iron Tempered Glass. The PVB interlayer needed to be a diffused white to help the image achieve optimal clarity and effect. 8 Countersunk Holes were required on every panel as the installation would utilize a point supported system.

Challenges: 

  • To effectively take 3 images and precisely divide each among an inconsistent amount of glass panels took global coordination as the artist, glazier, and manufacturer (through Glass 3 team members) had to make slight changes to the quality of the digital image until it fit the application perfectly
  • The diffused white interlayer also had to be strategically placed behind the digital print image to ensure the image kept its natural look without losing vibrancy.

Solutions: 

  • Glass 3 team members worked with the production team for 6 days to map each panel of glass in correlation with the image that would be used for that corner of the building.
  • When there was a portion of the image that could not fit on the desired panel, the glazing contractor had to approve each change or exemption.
  • The images were divided evenly to present a seamless appearance and production in order to move to the next step.
  • In-house mockups were produced to ensure the image projected on the glass as required.
  • Through trial and error, the surface of glass used to project the image and layers of PVB had to be flipped until the most impactful display was achieved.