Volume 50, Issue 8 - August 2015

Reviews&Previews

A Glimpse of Milan

Host of Vitrum 2015
by Jenna Reed

M
ilan, Italy, will serve as the center of activity for the glazing industry on October 6-9, 2015 when the city hosts Vitrum 2015. At the previous event, 349 exhibitors from 28 countries—87 percent of them manufacturers—and nearly 20,000 visitors descended on the city.

Vitrum is an international trade show that specializes in machinery, equipment and systems for flat and hollow glass and in glass and processed products for the industry. It will be held in the district of Fiera Milano, Rho.

Innovations in industrial glass, glass for the building and construction industry, and glass for furnishings will be on display. In a special preview trip for Vitrum, international journalists visited a recently redeveloped part of the city with buildings featuring glazing by AGC Flat Glass Italia, Guardian and Vetrobergamo SpA.

Many of the buildings, such as the Diamond Tower and UniCredit Tower, were constructed within the last decade as part of the Porta Nuova redevelopment project.

“The integration of residential apartments, offices and retail spaces—all with the highest quality and energy standards—makes Porta Nuova a unique example of an eco-sustainable and mixed-use urban environment in Italy,” according to www.businessdistrict.porta-nuova.com.

The buildings of the Varesine business district were awarded international sustainability pre-certification LEED Gold.

As the city prepares to host much of the glazing industry, the architecture—a mix of new and old—stands tall as an example of innovative glazing in action.


The UniCredit Tower serves as UniCredit’s headquarters in Milan. It’s part of a three-building complex, which was designed by Argentinian architect Cesar Pelli and constructed by Hines Italia SGR. The main tower features a distinctive spire. Space at the base of the UniCredit Tower is used for retail shopping and restaurants. Facing the piazza, the façade of the complex incorporate sunshades, emphasizing the buildings’ fluid shape. At the street level, the towers are clad in stone, according to the architect’s website. Each building is LEED Gold certified. To optimize energy efficiency, the offices and meeting rooms feature internal roller blinds made using Verosol EnviroScreen G2 802/000 fabric. The screens are highly reflective and 100 percent recyclable, with Öko-Tex and Greenguard certification, according to Verosol.

The site opened in 2008 and the façade was installed in 2010/2011. The general contractor was Colombo Construzioni. Permasteelisa worked as a glazing subcontractor to build the façade for the UniCredit complex. Permasteelisa bought the glazing from Vetrobergamo SpA, which cut and finished the glass for the project. The supplier and fabricator were Interpane and Troesh, says Alfredo Sironi, who was in charge of the quality and aesthetics control of the façades for General Planning in Milan, Italy. General Planning S.r.l. is a planning, consulting and engineering company.

The concave part of the UniCredit Tower glazing is Guardian’s SunGuard N 50/32. The convex portion features the company’s SunGuard Silver 43/31. The composition includes insulating glass from tempered HST 10-mm-16 argon-lami SC 55.2.

The Diamond Tower is located in Porta Nuova Varesine. It is 30 stories and 137 meters high. The architect is Kohn Pederson Fox. It is part of the Porta Nuova redevelopment project, which is the redevelopment of a plaza where the community can gather. It features shopping, apartments and businesses. AGC Flat Glass Italia provided its Vision-50 on Clearvision, which is a special glass coating with low iron content that lowers the percentage of heat absorption of the material. In large part due to the glass, which is recognized as C2C, the Diamond Tower has been certified LEED Gold.


the author

Jenna Reed is a contributing editor for USGlass magazine and editor of AGRR™ magazine/glassBYTEs.com™. Follow her on LinkedIn at Jenna Reed and Twitter @agrrmagazine and like AGRR magazine on Facebook to receive the latest updates.




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