Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research at the University of Toronto

“We wanted to enliven the east façade with the interlayer. The [design] symbolizes the genetic barcode that’s generated with testing on DNA. ... And the colors provide a play of reds, greens, blues and yellows on the white floors through the building.”
— Walter Bettio, architect, architectsAlliance
 

The basics:

The $100 million, 12-story Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research at the University of Toronto features a 7,986-square-foot east façade with multicolored laminated lites, inspired by the pattern of genetic DNA markers. 

 

The players:

Architects, Behnisch Architects, Stuttgart, Germany, architectsAlliance, Toronto; interlayer supplier, DuPont Glass Laminating Solutions, Wilmington, Del.; glass fabricator, Prelco, Montreal; glazing contractor, Ferguson Neudorf Glass Inc., Windsor, Ontario; general contractor, Vanbots Construction Corp., Markham, Ontario. 

 

The glass:

Insulating glass units with a 1¼2-inch laminated outer lite composed of two 1¼4-inch tempered lites and a .06-inch SentryGlass Expressions interlayer, a 1¼2-inch argon-filled gap, and a 1¼4-inch clear, tempered inner lite. As many as five colors are used in one interlayer.