GLASSCON | Transparency as a Design Element

Transparency as a Design Element
Photo source

Date: 26 May 2017

GLASSCON recently provided structural design and engineering services for a structural glass atrium that serves as an entrance lobby.

From storefronts and window panes to the most stunning state-of-the-art buildings around the world, the role of glass in architecture has evolved immensely over the years. The ubiquity of glass facades and structures is echoed on glass’ abilities to enhance, diffuse, reflect and transfer light as a result of its transparency.

In recent years, glass has taken on new life on account of its structural properties. Beyond other known techniques, such as structural glazing and point-fixed glass systems, structural glass systems use glass as a true load bearing element. This notion of supporting a structure solely with glass has opened up new possibilities and challenges in contemporary architectural design.

Driven by the desire for more transparent structures, the expanses of glass continue to grow larger and consequently more complex. In structural glass systems, the primary challenge for load-bearing glass is material integrity.

While in engineering glass facades, the two essential design criteria are stress - the structural strength of the glass when subjected to various loads; and deflection - how much the glass will move when subjected to forces such as wind.

Transparency as a Design Element

The latest improvements in fabrication coupled with innovations in glass technology have amplified the inherent strength of the material and have led to daring advances in glass engineering.

GLASSCON recently provided structural design and engineering services for a structural glass atrium that serves as an entrance lobby.

The atrium facade is characterized by maximum transparency and abundant daylight and was designed to fit seamlessly into the existing building’s architecture. In pursuit of absolute transparency and minimalistic design, the frame is eliminated and replaced by all-glass elements.

The structural support system is a glass fin/ beam system consisting of one-piece multi-laminated glass panels of various sizes. This frameless structure makes the interior space come to life with its light-as-air appearance.

600450 GLASSCON | Transparency as a Design Element

Others also read

GPD would like to end 'the 2022 Theme Park by GPD activities' by recognizing and sharing the content highlighted below, which was submitted for GPD 2021.
Trainees master great challenges. That is why HORN Glass Industries AG honours the best graduates of the individual training branches every year. The honours for the years 2021 and 2022 were now held in a small ceremony.
Full halls, reunion joy and commitment to climate protection
Below are the first confirmed titles for GlassPrint 2023. More presentations and details will follow in the coming weeks.
The latest issue of the HORN Newsletter is now available.
Rubinstein Commons has curved walls and roof, and its design relies on the spacious skylight and glass walls to complete the intersection between the volume.

Add new comment

From industry

Am Pfahlgraben 4
35415 Pohlheim

Polígono Industrial El Bayo, parcela I, 19
24492 Cubillos del Sil León

2200 W. Salzburg Rd.
Auburn , MI 48611
United States