Pennetier Sophie

SHAPING ULTRA-THIN GLASS

Ultra-thin glass is neither a new product nor new to the building environment. It is yet very little utilized in translucent facades for stiffness, detailing and cost reasons. This paper describes the elaboration of an ultra-thin glass sculpture, from concept to detail, with explorations worth the eye of the façade designers. The design tools, testing procedure and installation are documented. This work is supported by the 2016 Fellowship from the Metropolitan Contemporary Glass Group.

  • Company:Arup
  • Short Bio:Sophie Pennetier is a Senior Structural Engineer at Arup New York. In 2010 she joined the industry-academia research on freeform geometry rationalization with RFR, Evolute and Vienna University of Technology, developing design tools for laminated cold bent glass. She co-authored publications and workshops on cold bent glass research and is a member of the ASCE-AEI Curtain Wall Committee and ASTM E06.51.13 Glass Strength Task Group.
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