Our first objective was to establish the precise deflection characteristics of the building in order to design a connection between the glass and primary steel frame that would allow the building to naturally flex without generating unwanted stress within the glass, particularly at the corners where stress concentrations can be high. Once satisfied with the engineering details, we set about designing a serious of discrete fixings between the façade panels and internal fins that weren’t visually obstructive but were strong enough to hold that large panes in place. A number of designs were considered and samples issues to Aston Martin for approval and thankfully they were very pleased with the design which is now in use in the showroom.
The final challenge was sourcing the internal laminated glass fins which at nearly 7 metres tall are too large for almost all UK based glass manufacturers. Looking further afield we eventually chose a processor in Spain and despite a few sleepless nights, the fins arrived on time and are of the very highest quality. As any visitor to the showroom will confirm, the single piece fins are a remarkable feature in this incredible showroom.