The Hot & Cold of Free-form Glass Facades

The evolution of complex geometric modeling and parametric design, coupled with an increased demand for fully glazed, high performance building envelopes have led to a growing interest in curved glass façades. Glass-clad buildings are nothing new, but the shift toward increasingly complex façade geometries creates new challenges in realizing formats that are both aesthetic and economic. The development of new parametric modeling tools and advances in computational analysis design of free-form architectural geometry have empowered designers and facilitated the rationalization of complex double-curved facades using single-curved panels. This session will explore the design, engineering and manufacture of curved glass façade systems with focus on the opportunities afforded by developments in cold- and hot-bending technology. The interdependencies of façade design and engineering will be discussed as it relates to form rationalization, panelization and optimization, as defined by material properties and industry constraints.