This intriguing building in Manchester, built using Saint-Gobain glass, timber and cascading vegetation, illustrates how city and nature can coexist.

UK urban oasis

In the heart of Manchester's business district (United Kingdom), Hardman Square Pavilion stands out for its architecture designed by Sheppard Robson architects who have made sustainable construction one of their hallmarks.

While the neighboring buildings are mostly built using steel and concrete, this new building is a breath of fresh air for the area. The four levels of this garden space include restaurants and shops. It is notable for its low-energy consuming timber structure, dense planting and glass façade. Saint-Gobain supplied CLIMAPLUS COOL – LITE SKN 176 II solar control glass for this project.

Its high transparency and neutral color allow for natural light gain both inside and outside the building. The many terraces with their planters and trellises allow the plants to grow vertically proving that urbanization and nature can coexist in complete harmony.

Photo Credit: © John Kees.