Historic Swansea art gallery brought into 21st century

bespoke doors & windows in timber, aluminium & composite


The Grade II-listed Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea has been modernised with an extension by architects Powell Dobson that uses low-profile structural glazing to help link the buildings. The project involved adding a new gallery, community and

education rooms, a lecture theatre and screening room, conserva- tion studios and collection stores to the existing gallery – a neo- classical brick and stone building completed in 1909. The works also created a new street level entrance, welcoming visitors with a much larger and brighter reception space. When adding a modern extension to a historic building, creating

a sensitive link between the two is an important consideration. In creating the extension, the designers were keen to preserve the impressive symmetry of the original facade, which meant creating a sense of physical separation between the extension and gallery. At the same time, the two elements needed to be well connected

internally, with free flowing circulation between the two. The solution was to enclose the linking part of the extension, set back from the building’s facades, in glazing. This link means that the two elements are connected on three

levels, making the building feel unified to visitors while also allow- ing the historic facade to be appreciated in isolation from outside. The glazing also extends at ground level around the front of the

extension, allowing light to flood into the new entrance area. The refurbished building features a glazed section of wall opening onto a garden across three floors, allowing light in and giving passers-by a glimpse of some of the artworks on display. In total, 70 m2

of glazing from Pilkington Glass was used. In

order to maximise insulation of the newly created space and ensure high levels of structural strength, double glazed units featuring one pane of 12 mm toughened glass and another of 13.5 mm laminated glass were used. The outer pane features a low-emissivity hard coating to reduce

the amount of radiated heat lost from the building. The frameless glazing is supported by a series of laminated fins which have been created from 21.5 mm thick glass.



01487 see website for directions

We manufacture, supply and install:

folding sliding doors sliding doors french doors single doors windows shaped glazed screens entrance doors roof lights

Visit our showrooms in London, Cambridgeshire or Buckinghamshire

ADF MAY 2017


10 years of supplying

self builders and home improvers

Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44