Modissa is setting new shade protection benchmarks in Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich. After a renovation of the head office lasting nine months, the listed building now has glass windows with a "sun protection factor" thanks to SageGlass®, the electronically tintable glass from Saint-Gobain.
At the newly opened Modissa, the shop windows as well as the bronze window façade between the second and fifth floors are now a real eye-catcher. The metallic glass façade possesses the technical intelligence of its creator, Jean-Christophe Giron from France, who is currently a finalist for the European Inventor Award 2015. The special feature of this glass front which measures around 200 square metres is that it does away with exterior sun shades, interior or exterior shade screens and other bulky glare protection equipment.
The intelligence lies in the glass itself. Produced by Saint-Gobain, SageGlass® is a responsive glass that can either be tinted automatically (in response to the power of the sun), or manually, to any degree of darkness, at the press of a button. Not only does it dim incoming light to a comfortable level but it blocks ultraviolet rays at the same time. When there is less daylight, on the other hand, SageGlass® optimally captures the natural light. This remarkable adaptability also reduces the energy expenditure for air conditioning units and artificial light. Whilst overall energy costs are therefore considerably reduced, the energy consumption for the glass façade costs the same as a standard 60-watt light bulb.