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Article November 12th, 2012 (Glass Performance Days 2011) 0
In 1941, the City of Zurich swimming hall was the largest architecturally designed space in Switzerland, hosting the fi rst 50 meter swimming pool. Today, these records have been broken many times. However, the exceptional architectural quality of the city swimming hall still stands. After after almost seventy years of service, the city swimming hall is being completely renewed. The glass roof, removed in the 1970s, is being rebuilt. The project team focuses on the original architecture but is reinterpreting details, material and functions. In order to get as much translucency as possible, laminated glass elements have been developed with metal strips embedded in the interlayer material. These metal strips couple two laminated glass units together. After the lamination process, the coupling metal strips are to be bent. In accordance with the bending process, the glass elements are shaped and can be installed on site. This eventually chosen connection detail gives the opportunity to reduce the opaque connector line to a minimum.