Architectural glass is making a big splash in the A&D industry. Featuring bold colors, creative design patterns, and crystal-clear views, architectural glass is quickly becoming an extremely versatile design material.
This super thin, flexible glass can be rolled onto a traditional flat building material, such as MDF, to create a durable laminate that can be easily cut on-site.
SunGuard SNX 51/23
Designed to offer the most light with the lowest heat, triple silver SunGuard SNX 51/23 is a commercial low-e glass product with visible light transmission at 51 percent and a solar heat gain coefficient at .23 on clear float glass.
View Intelligence 2.0
View Dynamic Glass
The algorithm that controls the tinting process of this dynamic glass system works with advanced weather inputs, enabling it to predict not only the sun’s movement, but also short-term and long-term weather conditions.
Asahi Glass Company
A combination of glass and screen, this material allows images to be projected onto clear glass without blocking the view beyond. Available in a range of thicknesses and screen sizes of 100-inches and larger, the product can accommodate front- and rear-projection designs.
These glass block units install like traditional windows with built-in nailing fins, so there is no additional assembly required. They provide privacy, security, and light-control while meeting Energy Star requirements.
Architects can design medical X-ray viewing windows with a wider field of vision and improved comfort, thanks to the large 108- by 54-inch size of this glass. Other applications include screens for medical diagnostics, protection windows in laboratories, and airport security X-ray screens.
Architects and designers are taking design to the next level by incorporating technology-advanced architectural glass into both residential and commercial projects. From LED glass to sound-absorbing glass, architectural glass and technology are coming together to conceive new and innovative design options.
Designers can enhance the look of any interior environment by incorporating expressive and unique decorative glass into the mix. From printed patterns to colorful and bold layers, decorative glass helps transform interior spaces into well-outfitted works of art.
The dual role glass plays in architectural design—a material integral to both a building’s appearance and its performance—makes selecting a specific product a tricky process. From energy-efficient glazing to decorative dichroic panels, here are a few new items to spur the imagination.
Designed by Ross Lovegrove, these glass panels can be fixed into construction profiles or into building construction-assembly grooves. Specialty colors and finishes are available; panels range in size from 80 by 8 centimeters to 270 by 370 centimeters.
A molded-glass sheet suitable for interior and exterior applications, the relief pattern is continuous between panels.
“In Sophie’s restaurant at Saks Fifth Avenue in Chicago, we installed a wall of digitally-engineered Liquidkristal by Lasvit. The optical effects of cascading ripples of glass create playful reflections, painterly distortions, and elegant abstract patterns that are beautiful in their subtlety and striking in their boldness.”
—Andre Kikoski, Andre Kikoski Architect, New York City