Mountain resort features crystal-like glass atrium

The basics: The 240,000-square-foot Sparkling Hill Resort, located on a 188-acre mountaintop site in Vernon, BC, features a three-story glass atrium designed to replicate a crystal. The atrium spans about 60 feet, and presented significant design challenges to the project team, according to officials at Stella Custom Glass Hardware. The final design features tension cables and point-supported glass hardware to support more than 90 uniquely shaped pieces of glass, angled in different directions.

The players: Architect, Cannon Design, New York; general contractor,PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc., Vancouver, BC; atrium design support, hardware supplier, Stella Custom Glass Hardware, Richmond, BC; contract glazier, Advanced Glazing Systems Ltd, Burnaby, BC; glass fabricator, Vitrum Industries, Langley, BC.  

The glass and systems: Laminated lites of 16 millimeter tempered glass and 1.52-mm polyvinyl butyral interlayer, tinted blue. Stella Custom cable system, complete with Stella Tube Spider Series Assembly with Stella AB2a glass bolts; Stella Custom node connectors.