In an environment where safety has become one of the most important aspects of construction, glass is a leading material due to a number of reasons. It’s one of the fastest evolving materials, constantly being upgraded to fit futuristic design demands and raising standards. In today’s article we will take a look at some of the benefits of glass in architecture, as well as a few outstanding projects using it to its full potential. Read on to get inspired!
What sets glass apart from other cladding materials?
Glass is extremely adaptive – it can be customized to fit a variety of needs such as thermal insulation, solar control, sound reduction, daylight optimization, ease of maintenance and more. It’s also incredibly lightweight and doesn’t add up to the dead load of a building the way stone would, for example. But the most striking difference is its appearance. Glass can convey a multitude of ideas via colour and finishes; it’s a material which speaks with the language of the architect.
Glass is also a material which can be produced to meet highest security standards. This is of utmost importance when designing for public spaces like airports and train stations; it can be an extremely difficult task to match your aesthetic with the materials available to work with. Choosing glass for a facade guarantees a breath-taking result which lives up to the expectations of investors.
Glass in context
You can never have enough of it – and these amazing projects are a living proof of the limitless design possibilities you have once you get acquainted with this flexible material. Let us inspire you to get involved in a game of cladding which will touch your soul and make you consider glass for your next project.
Philharmonic Hall of Szczecin
Barcelona based studio Estudio Barozzi Veiga won the 2014 Mies van der Rohe award with this stunning project. Built at the historic place of the Konzetrhaus destroyed during WW2, the building’s fantastic facade was inspired by the city’s historic landscape. Ribbed glass cladding takes the leading role, giving the hall an “icy crown”.
One Park Place building, Kansas City
Re-cladding a landmark building can be a tough job. This was the case with One Park Place – a building created in the early 60s to serve as office headquarters which was later converted into a luxury condominium. The signature minimalistic facade featured marble panels which unfortunately started to warp at the corners, resulting in a few of them falling to the street.
The company tasked with the replacement of the cladding had to choose “an aesthetically similar, yet structurally improved cladding material”. The solution? Crystallized glass ceramic panels which resembled the original marble facade with their smooth surface.
Sheffield University Building
Glass provides a base for the stunning diamond-shaped lattice of aluminium sections. Window positioning ensures good quality daylight can penetrate the laboratories and library spaces, while window size varies to decrease solar gain. The diamond lattice also provides shade where needed.
DynaPanel Glass: your safest choice
DynaPanel Glass System offers all the benefits of glass in architecture with a surprisingly low weight, design flexibility and a wide range of vibrant colours. With its A1 Fireclass rating it’s suitable for public spaces, providing you with a material through which you can freely express your ideas under technological constraints.
Glass is a material we will see more and more and you, as a designer or architect, can benefit from it right now. No matter if it’s for a commercial or residential project, skyscraper or bridge, it can be a trust-worthy solution to make your mark. We will be happy to discuss your thoughts and ideas – don’t hesitate to comment below and add up to the inspiration.