The Parisian Pont des Arts bridge plays on transparency with Saint-Gobain

11/23/2015

The tens of thousands of padlocks on the Pont des Arts will soon be a thing of the past! To replace the 54 tons of “tokens of affection” attached to the bridge railings, the City of Paris (France) has installed into the handrails 112 glass panels.

The tens of thousands of padlocks on the Pont des Arts will soon be a thing of the past! To replace the 54 tons of “tokens of affection” attached to the bridge railings, the City of Paris (France) has installed into the handrails 112 antireflective and laminated VISION-LITE glass panels manufactured by Glassolutions SIVAQ. 2.66m long for the larger panels, they meet the city council’s triple demand for transparency, architectural design and safety.

The anti-reflective solution, on a DIAMANT extra-clear substrate, is used for museum showcases and shop window displays. It has no impact on surrounding colors and provides 1% of reflection only compared to 10% for classic glass: as a result, pedestrians crossing the bridge and Bateaux-Mouches passengers sailing down the Seine will have the impression that there is no glass at all! A promise that won over the Paris City Hall concerned about improving the panoramic view of this popular sightseeing spot.

Maintaining transparency was also a key challenge for French national heritage architects. For this structure, listed in the supplementary inventory of historical buildings, has also been included in the Unesco World Heritage List since 1991.

The 13mm thick laminated glass balustrades in addition meet all safety requirements. In the case of impact, the glass remains in place on the PVB film, in the same way as a windshield.

The City of Paris is thus launching the last stage in its anti-padlock plan, which began in June 2014 after one of the bridge gates collapsed. Work will stretch from mid-November to early January 2016. The Pont de l’Archevêché will then undergo the same treatment.