Anti-reflective glass provides clear view from Olympic broadcasting tower


Photo courtesy of Pilkington Building Products North America

“I would say to date the glazing application of OptiView anti-reflective glass in the Ling Long Tower at the Olympics is definitely the most unique and prestigious use of the glass in the product’s relatively short history. It is fascinating to think that millions of viewers were looking at the Olympic site through our glass, even though it was through a television camera. The key was not to see the glass!” – Mike Krasula, senior manager, commercial marketing, Pilkington Building Products North America

The basics:

The highest building in the Olympic Village, Ling Long Pagoda broadcasting tower, got its finishing touches in early August just before the Beijing Summer Olympics began. The 420-foot-tall structure consists of three steel towers holding seven floors, each a triangular pod, with open space in between. International network studios in the glass-walled pods offered skyline views as backdrops of Olympic broadcasts. Pilkington Building Products North America’s anti-reflective glazing eliminated interior reflections during broadcasts. Also used in the Olympic Village’s Bird’s Nest stadium, the glass served as partitions in front of dignitary seating areas. Pilkington sold the glass through Dawson International, Buffalo Grove, Ill., the company’s agent in China.

The players:

Glass manufacturer, Pilkington Building Products North America, Toledo, division of Japan’s NSG Group

The glass and systems:

Pilkington supplied OptiView glass made up of a No. 1 surface with OptiView coating facing the outside; No. 2 uncoated surface facing the polyvinyl butyral interlayer; No. 3 uncoated surface facing the other side of the PVB interlayer; and No. 4 surface with OptiView coating facing the interior.