With its close proximity to the airport, the new Hilton Hotel in Finland is high profile and hi-tech and when completed, will be visible to the millions of international travellers flying in and out of the country.
The design of the new hotel, by architects KVA Arkkitehdit Oy, had to take into consideration both the aesthetics and practicality of the building, and featuring prominently in the plans is Pilkington Activ™ Blue self-cleaning glass. For the front façade, 2200m2 of the glass was specified with 6mm toughened Activ™ Blue for the outer panes and 6mm float toughened glass for the inner panes. A further 2100m2 was also specified for the rest of the building with the outer glass again Pilkington Activ™ Blue, with the inner layer being either Pilkington Optitherm SN for added thermal insulation or a variation of thicknesses to comply with safety regulations and noise control requirements.
The use of Pilkington Activ™ Blue on such a major and influential structure is a testament to the product’s versatility. “The Hilton brand is a significant and well known name, particularly in Asia,” comments Julia Berkin, marketing communications manager of Pilkington Building Products UK. “With an increasing number of travellers using Finland as a gateway to and from Asia, the architects wanted a high profile design for the hotel and the use of Pilkington Activ™ Blue offered a stunning visually appealing solution.”
Pilkington Activ™ Blue self-cleaning glass has a specially formulated coating which breaks down organic dirt particles when exposed to daylight, making it the world’s first truly self-cleaning glass. Performance wise, this unique action is a major advantage over conventional glass as the cost involved in keeping such vast expanses of glass clean and pristine would be astronomical. Throw into the mix the closeness to airport pollution and it is clear to see why Pilkington Activ™ Blue was such an attractive option! With energy management a key issue, the glass also offers solar control and thermal insulation to comply with all relevant legislation.
The Hilton Hotel is due for completion in the Autumn, when travellers flying into the busy airport can see for themselves the stunning and eye catching architectural appeal of Pilkington Activ™ Blue.