Uría Menéndez is one of the most prestigious independent law firms in the Iberian market. Founded in the 1940s, it has more than 500 lawyers in 15 offices in the largest financial centres in Europe, the Americas and Asia.
The new headquarters of this prestigious law firm is a spectacular glass building, a sign of identity of renowned architect Rafael de la Hoz.
Glass has transformed the façade from both an aesthetic and an energy efficiency point of view. The glass processor TVITEC supplied all the glazing in the building envelope, which, in addition to the high-performance glazing solutions, includes half a dozen large size panes that draw strong attention to the main facade.
Twelve Super Jumbo plates (12,000 mm x 3,210 mm) of 12 mm Pilkington Optiwhite™ extra clear glass have been drilled, toughened, heat soak tested and digitally printed with white patterns. Afterwards such plates have been laminated with a SentryGlas interlayer. They have been installed on the building to provide its façade resistance, security and sound insulation.
Pilkington Optiwhite™ is a very neutral float glass with a very low iron oxide content. Compared to traditional float glass, it guarantees excellent neutrality and superb colour rendering, without any alteration.
Thanks to its high light transmission properties and the absence of greenish tint, typical of clear float glass, Pilkington Optiwhite™ is perfect for applications with exposed glass edges or as substrates for screen-printed glass. NSG Group can supply Super Jumbo glass plates up to 20 m in length. The largest glazing dimension for the architecture currently available on the European market.
Architect: Rafael de la Hoz Architect – Madrid, Spain
Founded in 1920, RAFAEL DE LA HOZ was one of the promoters of the modernization of Spanish architecture. As a pioneer and leader in the development of sustainable design and architecture, the firm has been a source of inspiration for designers, engineers and architects.
Glass processor: TVITEC – Cubillos del Sil, Leon, Spain
TVITEC SL is a young company but deeply rooted in the glass industry. Established in 2007, TVITEC is endowed with a spirit of enterprise and a great ambition, animated by a large team with highly qualified experience.
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