A Concrete case for Glass in Modern Architecture

The E-Tower is the world record holder for concrete resistance with a floor to ceiling lobby that stands at 10 metres.

Inspired by the Westend Tower in Frankfurt, E-Tower’s post modern architecture makes it Sao Paolo’s 4th most modern skyscraper.  SGG COOL-LITE for E-Tower, Sao Paulo – Brazil ;  Via Saint Gobain Glass India Flickr PhotostreamThe 37-storeyed skyscraper is the 9th tallest building in this Brazilian city.The design and construction has been executed by architects Aflalo & Gasperini Arquitetos.

The original project was conceived to be taller, but due to height restrictions imposed because of the intense helicopter traffic in the area, the height was scaled back to stand at 148 m. The building is essentially used to house offices, with parking space for a fleet of 957 vehicles. The tower exemplifies modern architecture, comprising a fitness center on its 20th floor, a restaurant on the 19th floor and a heated swimming pool on the 37th floor. The balcony on the 9th floor is restricted to private use only. The ground floor includes an auditorium with a seating capacity for 100 persons.

Keeping in line with its theme of modern architecture, E-Tower has liberally used glass along its facades.

Saint-Gobain Glass has supplied COOL-LITE ST for the facade glazing of the tower. SGG COOL-LITE ST is an advanced energy efficient reflective solar control glass which is manufactured to meet the most exacting standards in order to deliver high performance. It is one of the most preferred solar control glass solutions in its class. SGG COOL-LITE ST has worked well to cut heat and optimize light transmission in the E-Tower, thereby reducing the need for artificial lighting as well as air-conditioning.

The extensive use of glass across E-Tower reinforces the fact that glass is increasingly an integral aspect of modern architecture. It not just spells class but shows the way forward to sustainable construction and a better future.

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