Located on the River Thames in central London, the glass-adorned Riverbank House is quite a sight, and makes use of the high-class glazing options from Sika Services: Sikasil and SikaGlaze.
The Riverbank House, designed by London-based award-winning architectural practice David Walker Architects, combines aesthetics and utility. The building is eye-catching, with glass walls and bright balconies, and fits into its sensitive urban location in London. The 46m-high office building lies on the northern banks of the River Thames. The essential layout is rectilinear, which means large and commercially efficient floor plates.
Because the building is mainly constructed of glass, high-class products from Sika Services were used to ensure a long service life. Alongside the use of Sikasil SG adhesives for structural glazing, Sikasil SG-500 and non-streaking, weather-sealing Sikasil WS-605 S, the bottom glass edges of the balustrades are embedded in the floor with the self-levelling, two-part polyurethane glass grout SikaGlaze GG-735. This technology results in uniform, linear stress distribution, eliminating high punctual stress, as appears in mechanical fixing solutions.
With an open time of 30 minutes combined with optimised curing speed after mixing, SikaGlaze GG-735 allows convenient application on site. It has been tested for suitability in a temperature range of -30 to +70°C, and third-party impact tests prove its use is in accordance with the technical regulations for accident-proof glazing.