Printed glass panels at the Zig-Zag Building, London
Lynch Architects approached Spanlite to create bespoke onyx images for printed glass 'doilies', an element on their Zig Zag building in Victoria, central London. The doily protects the façade from solar gain and glare arising from midday sun. It is made of laminated glass with a printed interlayer depicting a variety of images of onyx.
The 'zig-zag' geometry of the building exaggerates the play of light and shadow across the façade, and this variety is complimented by patterns made as occupants open different parts of it on warm days. The translucent doilies register another layer of inhabitation and respond to seasonal and diurnal time. In the winter months the printed glass begins to glow towards the end of the working day.