Silicone Sealants Help Create an Architectural Gem in China

China's Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, designed by renowned architect Paul Andreu, is a cultural and architectural marvel. It covers more than 40,000 square meters and houses an entrance hall, performance hall, concert hall, exhibition hall and opera hall. When viewed from above, the Oriental Arts Center resembles a butterfly orchid in bloom with five petals.

The Shanghai Oriental Arts Center glows beautifully at night.
The Shanghai Oriental Arts Center glows beautifully at night.

The architectural intricacies of the Oriental Arts Center, home to the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, are just as fascinating and complex as the music played on the inside. One of the most challenging architectural elements of the Oriental Arts Center relates to the building's unique façade - a complicated spider fixing system with laminated glass.

One of the challenges is that the sealant can delaminate the laminated glass when it comes into contact with the polyvinyl butyral (PVB) interlayer. Dow Corning 791 Silicone Weatherproofing Sealant has been proven to have limited impact for PVB delamination after internal lab evaluations.

An Experienced Partner for an Architectural Challenge

To assemble the laminated glass curtain wall façade successfully, the Shanghai municipal government needed to enlist a trusted partner with the experience necessary to tackle this architectural challenge. The municipal government turned to Dow Corning for the Oriental Arts Center because of its proven technical expertise and experience with challenging curtain wall projects throughout the world, such as the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, the Main Airport Center in Frankfurt, Germany, and Hong Kong's International Finance Centre.

Bringing Together Function and Aesthetics

In addition to solving the technical problems of the building, Dow Corning also recommended the use of 791 Sealant because its black color matches the building's glass, ensuring the aesthetic quality and bringing the designer's idea and inspiration to life. Dow Corning's expertise and silicone sealants, along with world-class architects, helped build Shanghai's first true concert hall and architectural gem.

The Shanghai Oriental Arts Center resembles the petals of a butterfly orchid in bloom.
The Shanghai Oriental Arts Center resembles the petals of a butterfly orchid in bloom.

Project

100% silicone sealants from Dow Corning were used in the development of a complex, laminated glass curtain wall façade for the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center.

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