The Union Tower apartments project is part of the real estate market growth that Argentina has been experiencing over the past few years. The main feature in this urban phenomenon is a demand for top quality high-rise buildings used for housing, and The Union Tower is one of the most outstanding examples of this.
A good scenic view was the main driver used in selecting a glass with aesthetics that would enhance the view out of the building. To provide extensive views of the River Plate from the front of the building, the windows are glazed with large glass panes in the sitting rooms and bedrooms. This was achieved with high performance double-glazed units made of 6 mm Pilkington Arctic Blue™ on the outer pane with a 12 mm air space and an inner pane of Pilkington Optilam™ 6,4. These significantly reduce solar radiation as compared to clear glass, whilst maintaining high light transmission.
To avoid obstructing the views from the inside of the apartments, balustrades are constructed of Pilkington Optilam™ Clear 10,8. The windows on the rear façade of the building are smaller in size, as this is the area where the services, kitchens and domestic areas, are located. Here, panes of 6 mm Pilkington Optifloat™ Clear monolithic glass are used.
The ground floor houses the building’s amenities and is designed with a surrounding wall of glass separating the access to the building from the public thoroughfare, providing both safety and transparency at the same time. Toughened 10 mm Pilkington Optifloat™ Clear T was used to achieve this.
The top floor of the building is equipped with further communal areas, such as rest lounges, a gym and spa, all of which have unrivalled views of the city and the river, enhanced by curtain walls of double-glazing units with an outer pane of Pilkington Arctic Blue™.
With its unmistakeable blue-hued façade, the Union Tower apartment building is without doubt a landmark in the urban landscape of the northern area of the city of Buenos Aires, by far surpassing the requirements of a demanding real estate market.