Architectural innovation for Palace of Arts in Surgut, Russia
The “Neftyanik” Palace of Arts, a new cultural centre located in Surgut (the oil capital of Russia), opens its doors to the public this summer 2016. With nothing else like it in the region, this unique, multi-purpose venue has been designed to bring the arts to the people of Surgut, and will house an exhibition and event space, opera and concert halls, a youth cultural centre, dance school and more.
Architecturally, the complex brings together state-of-the-art construction technologies and innovative materials, including Glassiled Motion, a product exclusive to AGC, which was used specifically to implement the design concept. The product features embedded LEDs powered via a transparent conductive coating, combining the striking aesthetics of glass, where the core function is transparency, with unique lighting technologies. Glassiled Motion can change the appearance of the building, filling it with bright colours and showcasing its architecture in a different light. Animated facades will transform the cultural centre into a magnet for creative minds to use it as a unique canvas for displaying their original concepts.
Buildings like the Neftyanik Palace of Arts are not only an important milestone in the country’s cultural life but also exemplify the breathtaking speed of technological evolution in architecture and construction. Glassiled Motion is ideal for both facades and interior glazing and complies with the most stringent requirements in terms of moisture and damage protection, while retaining its appearance, solar control and thermal insulation functions. The invisible conductors have no impact on the building’s appearance, enabling Neftyanik to convey the most imaginative design ideas.
The architectural lighting for the building was designed, developed and installed by MT Electro.
Light designer: MT Electro Ltd
End client: Surgutneftegas
Type of facade: curved facade with silkscreen printing
Type of product: Glassiled Motion RGB - Glass that embeds individually addressable LEDs
Size of facade: 540 m2 (60 m x 9 m)
Size of glass panels: 1500 mm X 1000 mm
Product composition: 6 mm toughened Artlite Digital – 15 mm spacer – 6 mm toughened Glassiled Motion
Pixel distance and quantity: 125 mm between pixels; 35,000 pixels in all
Product delivery: June 2015
Installation of glass products finished in: December 2015
First full tests: March 2016
AGC Glass Europe, a European leader in flat glass
Based in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), AGC Glass Europe produces, processes and markets flat glass for the construction industry (external glazing and interior decoration), car manufacture and solar power applications. It is the European branch of AGC, the world’s leading producer of flat glass. It has over 100 sites throughout Europe, from Spain to Russia, and employs around 16,000 employees.