Cool elegance on the water CentoNew office building uses SWISSPACER

Centogene AG

Centogene AG has built a new research centre for the genetic diagnosis of rare hereditary diseases in Rostock, Germany. A number of different types of glass were used for the glazing. SWISSPACER warm edge spacer bars were specified for the glazed units for improved heat loss and energy efficiency within the building.

Centogene is a world-leading organisation studying the genetic analysis of rare, hereditary diseases. Since it was founded over a decade ago, the company has been growing steadily. The construction of the ‘CentoNew’ headquarters in the Silo Peninsula, Rostock, will have space for approximately 250 employees. The building’s attractive location on the Unterwarnow quayside fits in well with the local surroundings thanks to the large cobble stone front.

CentoNew was designed by the architects Gewers Pudewill Berlin with an irregular pentagonal outline. It has underground parking and four above-ground floors with staggered building structures. The ground floor is located on a podium, with several open staircases leading to it. When entering the building, employees and visitors will first see an atrium with lush greenery that opens out to the water.

A finely structured metal façade coated in warm shades of copper surrounds the building like a skin. Another distinctive element is the glazing, which boasts a number of different types of glass.

Saint-Gobain GLASSOLUTIONS supplied approximately 2,500 sqm of glass for the project. The Rostock site used around 900 sqm of high-quality heat insulating glass CLIMATOP XN (triple) and SWISSPACER ADVANCE warm edge spacer bar. STADIP laminated safety glass was also used. The GLASSOLUTIONS Flensburg site manufactured the laminated safety glass (LSG) for the project. Special structures and insulating glass, some with additional heat thermal and sound insulation, came from the Potsdam site.

Warm edge spacer bars from Swiss manufacturer, SWISSPACER, improves energy efficiency and reduces heat loss from buildings. SWISSPACER ADVANCE is a warm edge spacer bar with the best price/performance ratio in the market. The rigid structure of SWISSPACER creates precise edges and clean, crisp parallel lines for a high-quality, aesthetically pleasing finish which is ideal for triple glazing.

Depending on frame construction SWISSPACER ADVANCE achieves Psi values of up to 0.037 W/mK. The specification of SWISSPACER ADVANCE and was integral to the development of the new office building.


Formed in 1998 Swisspacer is part of Saint-Gobain Glass Solutions. The company has experienced massive growth in the UK over the past 2 years. Its no-investment needed price benefit has been a key advantage that has attracted sealed unit manufacturers and window fabricators and fuelled its growth.

The manufacturing and head office is in Switzerland and a second manufacturing facility is established in Germany. Much investment is taking place to expand production capacity to ensure that Swisspacer is able to satisfy the dramatic ongoing growth in demand for its high performance warm edge spacer bar products.

Swisspacer has a growing network of leading sealed unit manufacturers in the UK and Ireland using its products, including Solaglas, Pilkington, Carey Glass, Supaseal, Custom Glass, Uniglaze2, Glass Systems, Clayton Glass, System 3 and Hollow Seal among others.

Swisspacer exactly matches the shape and dimensions of aluminium spacers, and being rigid and self supporting it handles in a similar way. And because there is no need to invest in expensive new machinery, it makes it very easy to get up and running with warm edge. Automated solutions are however available from Lisec, Saint-Gobain Seva and Rottler and Ruediger.

Independent tests conducted by IFT Rosenheim, the leading European independent fenestration research and test facility, showed that Swisspacer V had the best PSI values of all the other leading brands of spacer bar that were submitted for testing. Using Swisspacer thermal insulation (U-value) can be improved by up to 20%. Swisspacer V and Swisspacer perform very well in the Window Energy Rating Scheme.

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