Curved glass panels have a particular appeal in contemporary architecture, but they are often costly and/or relatively heavy elements. This paper describes the engineering design and assembly of an FRP-glass vision panel that is easy to construct, lightweight and can be easily adjusted to a broad range of single and double curvatures. The paper describes […]
Façades play an important role in the control of energy flow and energy consumption in buildings as they represent the interface between the outdoor environment and the indoor occupied space. The option of regulating internal and external conditions acquires great relevance in new approaches to sustainable building solutions. Studies on climate adaptive façades show a […]
The trend towards large glass façades and the urge to reduce the material to a minimum requires further development in high performance lightweight structures. Therefore, a combination of plastic interlayer core and cover layers of thin glass was developed to reduce self-weight and utilize the high durability of glass at the same time. The glass-plastic-composite […]
Ultra-thin glass is known to be widely used as display for smartphones. Typically, it is aluminosilicate glass, which is chemically tempered to increase its strength and to improve its scratch resistance. The properties of this glass (strength, flexibility, lightweight) suggest it could be suitable for challenging and unprecedented larger scale applications, although its high cost […]
Increasing demands on security in an uncertain world have to be considered additionally by the building industry. Nowadays, large-sized glazing in the building envelope cannot disregard safety requirements. For this reason, laminated safety glass with a resistance against manual attack results in heavy and thick cross-sections. General attributes of security glazing can be optimised by […]
The Gravity project is a test-case for the process of innovation in the glass industry. It is a team effort between engineers (Define Engineers), designers (Carpenter Lowings) and manufacturers (seele) to implement the latest glass technology with the aim to showcase potential applications in the architectural glass industry. Due to its high transparency, thin glass […]
This paper explores the potential of thin glass (~ 0.1 – 2.0 mm) for architectural applications and reports on two thin glass concepts that have been developed at the TU Delft. The first concept concerns flexible and adaptive thin glass panels that can change their shape in response to external parameters. For instance, by bending […]
This paper proposes system concepts fabrication methods for the use of ultra-thin glass in facades. It documents the team’s research on ultra-thin glass, from a sculpture in 2017 to the development of a pavilion in 2018 and 2019. Explorations include development on prototyping, cutting methods, lamination techniques, connections specifics to ultra-thin glass.