Rånåsfoss - Norway

The Project

Pilkington Planar™ has been specified in a new generator hall building at Rånåsfoss, a Norwegian hydro power station. The extension was required to house the new turbines, due to be replaced after 80 years of service.

Built in 1923, Rånåsfoss is considered a historical industrial landmark due to the high quality of neo-classical architecture in the original building. The project demanded that the new generator hall fitted seamlessly with the original structure, giving the architects and specifier, LPO and KVAMS Glass, a real challenge. The stakes of the project were raised even higher as the new building was due to be erected  with the power station  remaining operational; creating a potentially dangerous construction site with limited  space and the added pressure  of a very tight deadline.

The Rånåsfoss extension consists of a large glazed structure incorporated into the existing building and the station also features an embedded “Glass Box” framework in the lower brickwork. This allows additional light into the station and opens it up to picturesque views across the surrounding river and landscape. The complete extension utilised over one hundred and twenty Pilkington Planar™ panels, and cost around thirty two million Norwegian Krone (over three and a half million pounds sterling).

Just as the original construction was built for longevity, the addition to the Rånåsfoss site is expected to be operative for the next one hundred years, requiring a structural solution of extremely high quality to meet the challenging demands of the power station. The existing architecture and narrow site meant there is little light available, calling for a  highly transparent construction and Pilkington Planar™ succeeded in accomplishing the challenge to achieve maximum transparency, whilst avoiding any visually disturbing mullions. Pilkington Planar™ was specified due to the aesthetic quality of the product and strength combined with the impressive durability which underpins a 12 year product and performance warranty.

Oystein Kartvedt, LPO Architects, said “Rånåsfoss is an industrial landmark for Norway, making it crucial to preserve the historical aspects of this neo-classical building, whilst complementing and securing its future with a modern integrated refurbishment. The major challenge came in trying to keep up with the tight time schedule on the construction site. The flush glass surface provided by the structural glazing system of Pilkington Planar™ enabled easy installation of the glass on the main façade of the site where space was particularly tight. Pilkington Planar™ was the perfect structural solution, allowing for a bold and historically sympathetic design to be applied.”

Pilkington Planar™ specifications

Façade Glass (Main Elevation):
12mm Toughened Pilkington Optifloat™ Clear
16mm Air Space (Black Spacer)
6mm Toughened Pilkington Optitherm™ S3

Glass Fins (Main Elevation):
15mm Toughened Pilkington Optifloat™ Clear

Glass Box:
10mm Toughened Pilkington Activ™ Clear
16mm Air Space (Black Spacer)
21.52mm Pilkington Optilam™ comprising of:
10mm Toughened Pilkington Optifloat™ Clear
1.52mm Sentry Glass Interlayer
10mm Toughened Pilkington Optifloat™ Clear

Glass Box Glass Fin:
25.52mm Pilkington Optilam™ comprising of:
12mm Toughened Pilkington Optifloat™ Clear
1.52mm Sentry Glass Interlayer
12mm Toughened Pilkington Optifloat™ Clear

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Project Details
Surface Area
Glomma, Norway
Opening Date
Building Type
  • Commercial
About the Architect/Installer
Kvams Glass AS
Benefit Led Categories
  • Glass Systems
  • Self Cleaning
  • Thermal Insulation