Vibrant and safe glass lanterns shine outside broadcasting facility

Photos by Bob Matheson Photography,, Vancouver.

The basics: A series of exterior glass light towers, dubbed Media Lanterns, highlight the renovation and addition to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.'s downtown Vancouver broadcasting facility. The decorative and safety-glazed lanterns help connect the facility to the surrounding community, a main design goal of the project. The vivid and warm colors invite visitors to make use of the complex, while safety glass prevents damage and injury, according to a Lami Glass Products release.

The players: Owner: Canadian Broadcasting Corp., Radio-Canada, Toronto; architect, Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Group, Vancouver; glass fabricator, Lami Glass Products, Vancouver, British Columbia, a division of Hartung Glass Industries, Seattle; glass installer and metal supplier, Knight Signs, Delta, British Columbia.

The glass and systems: Impact Decorative glass from Lami Glass Products, consisting of 6-millimeter tempered glass, Vanceva interlayer by Saflex, and 6 mm clear tempered lite. Interlayer colors included Deep Red, Arctic Snow, Sky Blue, Sahara Sun, Sapphire Blue and Smoke Grey.