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Architecture Competition Winner
The building of Saint-Laurent Sports Complex of approximately 14,500 square meters, located on the Boulevard Thimens municipal axis and linked to the Émile-Legault pavilion of École secondaire Saint-Laurent, part of the Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys.

A few years ago The Saucier + Perrotte Architectes and Hughes Condon Marler Architects with SNC Lavalin team won the architecture competition for the future sports complex in Saint-Laurent, a former city on the island of Montreal in southwestern Quebec, Canada. 

The success of their proposal was due by the quality of architectural gesture, the concept simplicity, beautiful urban design and wayfinding strategy, its adherence to the surface areas of the facilities, the effectiveness of its sustainable creation strategies and its potential for change. 

The project was finished in 2017. The modern design of the facade consisting of a gradient of dots was printed by the Laurier company using Dip-Tech digital printing and was the only technically possible to print glass with the sizes and shapes specified on the project.

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Glass Specifications

Number of panels: 400

Overall square meters~ 1100

Average glass panel size: 32 sf Mostly parallelogram

Type of glass and thickness: 6mm ultra clear with digital print on Side 2

Type of glass coating: SN68 on face 3

Graphic content / design concept: Gradient of dots

Colors / Ink type used: White

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Façade printed in a building in Ville St-Laurent, Quebec, Canada - Architecture Competition Winner

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Christchurch's original Cathedral was severely damaged in an earthquake in 2010, and the second earthquake in 2011 destroyed the original stained-glass rose window.

The Transitional Cathedral, designed by Shigeru Ban, was built nearby in 2013. It is nicknamed the "Cardboard Cathedral" due to its extensive use of cardboard tubes in its construction. Christchurch's original Cathedral was severely damaged in an earthquake in 2010, and the second earthquake in 2011 destroyed the original stained-glass rose window. The Transitional Cathedral, designed by Shigeru Ban, was built nearby in 2013. It is nicknamed the "Cardboard Cathedral" due to its extensive use of cardboard tubes in its construction.

Metro Performance Glass was approached to process the 12 meter high, glass facade. The original design called for colored triangles until Metro Performance Glass showed they could do so much more with digital printing on glass. Using photographs of the original rose window, the images were lifted and printed directly onto the glass.

Additionally, the ability to easily adjust the transparency levels gives the glass a stained glass appearance. The new window pays homage to the past through the use of modern glass printing technology.

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ARCHITECT: Shigeru Ban 

GLASS PRINTING: Metro Performance Glass


126 sqm

1,256 sqf


TYPE OF GLASS: 5mm double-glazed



Bridgit Andreson & MPG



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Christchurch, New Zealand

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The glass artwork called “The Beacon of Ezinge”, designed by Driessen + Van Deijne is right in the heart of the Educational Park Ezing, designed by Atelier Pro Architects. This part of the building is meant to hold the teaching of fine arts, design, music and theatre. Creativity and imagination play a key role in the vision on education within the school community of Ezinge.

The designers combined graphical concepts, all related to visual perception. Rorschach spots, the ink pattern that sometimes is used to analyze the psyche and which call for the visual interpretation capacity, were, together with the mechanical Spirograph patterns formed the basis of the image. Finally, they were photographed through a kaleidoscope filter to get abstract crystalline forms. To realize the strongly reflecting effects Driessen + Van Deijne sought partnership with the company Si-X, a specialist in special glass solutions.




Driessen + Van Deijne


Thiele Glas


600 sqm


Front: 55

back: 33

Total: 88


Maarten Noordijk

Jean Paul Mioulet

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 Printed façade in a School in the Netherlands

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Columbia College

Bird-safe printed façade in Georgia, United States

The historic building at 600 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago has undergone significant urban renewal and restoration in the past century. In 2006, Columbia College purchased the building and did extensive renovations to the interior. Then, primarily for safety reasons, in 2010 the exterior façade needed to be redone.

Because the building is located in the Historic Michigan Boulevard Chicago Landmark District, the design of the new façade had to meet the approval of the Commission on Chicago Landmarks. Columbia College explored many façade replacements options, including replicating the original terra cotta. However, costs associated with that approach far exceeded what the college could afford. Instead, Columbia, under the design leadership of Gensler, created a revolutionary solution, which turned a mandatory maintenance project into an artistic endeavor.

The team went through a rigorous process of developing and testing a series of pattern typologies. It was critical that the pattern be readable at multiple scales and offer multiple meanings. Looking closely, observers will notice that the image of the original terra cotta façade is created from a dot-matrix pattern with “dots” that are small graphics of a bird.

The façade serves the joint purpose of a subtle reference to the building’s location along a major migratory path for birds, as well as a protective screen to prevent birds from colliding with the glass.

The American Bird Association helped Gensler to certify their pattern and fortunately, it helped reduce bird collisions by more than 80%.





BuildingEnvelope ®


1000 sqm

10,764 sqf




Low E Double Glazed



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Bird-safe printed façade in Georgia, United States

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The Glass Farm, located in the market square of the Dutch town Schijndel, is a modern project inspired by old local farms. To construct this unique building all the remaining historical farms in the area were photographed, measured, and analyzed. From the images and data collected, the architects of MVRDV began to piece together the project’s image and shape.

The results were then printed on different size panels, using Dip-Tech's digital ceramic glass printing technology, culminating in an 1,800 sqm glass façade. A particularly intricate endeavor, the photorealism, scaling, solar control, shading, transparency, material imitation, cultural identity, and context were all carefully considered.

 The designers played with the levels of translucency according to the need for light and views throughout the structure, customizing the panels for each section. The completed Glass Farm stands at 14 meters (46 feet) high and is 1.6 times larger than a real farm, symbolizing the original village’s growth into a town.

A highly complicated, intricate and precise installation, the Glass Farm required thousands of individual, customized glass panels. To keep track, variable data codes were printed on each panel for easy installation and reproduction.

Besides an incredibly accurate replication, using digital ceramic printing gave the Glass Farm the durability it needs to withstand the elements over the long haul. The result: technology that perfectly replicates tradition – a modern glasshouse built in the image of history that is sure to stand the test of time.


AGC Glass Europe


1800 sqm




Insulated Glass




Scagiola & Braklee

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 Printed façade in Schjindel, The Netherlands