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The RE X project, 2050M street uses cylindrical glass as vertically spanning structural element allowing the system to be almost mullion less. This paper describes the challenges developing the framing system, the analysis of the glass units and the procurement systems. It also considers the optics and reflection patterns associated with the concave external faces.

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Richard Green

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ETAG002 and ASTM C 1401 are the main international Standards providing regulations for design of silicone joints in Structural Sealant Glazing (SSG) applications. They provide calculation methods with reference to flat glass units with regular (rectangular, trapezoidal or triangular) shape, in vertical position, bonded along all sides to load-bearing profiles and subject to wind load, […]

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Viviana Nardini

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Numerous innovations have been seen in the last decades concerning new façade technologies. These were driven by new materials or new applications of known materials, such as glued-on wall structures (structural glazing) in the 60’s and 70’s. On the other hand we saw the increasing introduction of double and multiple-layer façades including a return to […]

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Valentin Balog

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Sky View are two high-rise hotel and service apartment towers strategically located close to Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The harmonious towers are linked with a skybridge at their 51-54th storey and cladded with patterned stainless steel spandrels. The building boasts a number of tourist attractions such as glazed floored sky walk and other engineered systems […]

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Today’s architectural demand for complex geometry has been developed to attain maximum transparency in more organic forms to improve the well-being of users and maximize interaction with the outside. A glass balustrade may be more than the functional propose, may be a land mark or point of cultural reunion creating an urban plaza for the […]

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Frederico Figueiredo

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The trend in modern architecture towards high-quality building envelopes continues. In current ventilated walls coloured enamelled glass is used for weather protection and as a design element. It is bonded to the load-bearing carrier plate with an elastic sealant. This paper presents a new kind of high performance façade element. The novel element comprises of […]

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Evolution in the design is now in the cyber space, where myriad of permutations could be processed in second and optimal option identified. Digital workflows, hand in hand, with digital fabrication are certainly topic on mind of many engineers in the construction industry. In this paper, we will expand on our current research looking into […]

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Peter Lenk

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Dimitris Vitalis

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Nike’s new flagship store in New York City utilizes custom carved and slumped insulating glass units to create a dynamic façade. Reflection, distortion, and transparency are combined to provide striking effects on and through the facade. This material solution to Nike’s concept for a lenticular membrane was developed during a research and design phase and […]

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The joint dimensioning calculation method provided in the ETAG002 was derived assuming a limited deflection of the glass panes and hence a homogeneous stress distribution along the sealant bite whilst high local stress peaks, structure deformation or material ageing were included in a large global safety factor. Today, some of the current architectural trends observed […]

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The present case study is about the luxury all-glass façade of the shopping centre ICONSIAM in Bangkok/Thailand which features a 5,300sqm complex suspended façade system. The architect’s vision illustrated a zigzag shaped façade and required a structural system, which comprises very reduced stainless steel fixings for the benefit of maximum transparency. Based on structural limitations […]

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