Impressive mock-ups of three unique projects are being shown to the public at Glasstec. The Crystal Houses glass bricks are a first.
Several trial pieces that were tested at Delft Technical University are being shown, including a large ‘brickwork’ architrave above the windows. Solid glass window frame profiles and ‘masonry’ glass wall elements are included in the exhibit.
Also on show at Glasstec: the mock-up (as tested) of ABT’s slender surrealist staircase of concrete and glass. The load-bearing balustrade glass is bonded at the ends by an adhesive to ultra-slim UHSC steps. The mock-up being shown successfully withstood the pendulum test with a fifty-kilogram bag of glass beads.
The biggest mock-up is a five-metre glass arch that demonstrates the technical possibilities for roofs made entirely of glass, for example for shopping malls and stations. The photo below gives an artist’s impression of how this principle could be used for replacing a steel arch structure using virtually nothing but glass and very thin steel cables.
If you would like to know more...
We would like to show our world of glass. If you would like to know more about what ABT does with glass, visit Glasstec 2016 and stop by ABT (stand D42, hall 11). More information and tickets are available from the Glasstec website.