Glass Construction Manual (2nd Edition) by Christian Schittich

By Christian Schittich

Glass deals a large choice of attainable functions for the conclusion of even the main formidable designs in structure, and some time past 20 years it has skilled an unprecedented burst of innovation. For planners, this implies operating continually with this high-performance fabric.

In compact and attractive shape, the thoroughly revised Glass building Manual provides the present cutting-edge on making plans and construction with glass, from the heritage in the course of the technical foundations all of the technique to the main leading edge purposes. miraculous views on thermal insulation and sunlight safety and the addition of thoughtfully chosen new functional examples around off this complete reference paintings.

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The result is a fascinating exhibition of the play of coloured light on the floor, pews and wall behind the altar, changing constantly as the sun moves across the sky. Jean Nouvel is another architect who has used changing colours – on the Torre Agbar, Barcelona’s latest landmark (fig. 31). He achieved this by cladding the inner leaf of his tapering tower with coloured trapezoidal profile metal sheeting and using glass louvres for the outer leaf. 31 41 Glass architecture from the Modern Movement to the present day Translucency and reflection The creative use of glass on the facade is not confined to softening the outer skin or setting accents by means of reflections.

Be effective and was soon abandoned; but the General Motors Technical Center does not require any press-fit metal retainers. In this case the sealing lip is distorted upon inserting the glass pane and subsequently secured by inserting an extra wedge profile (fig. 40, p. 49). Permanently elastic synthetic rubber gaskets quickly found widespread favour in the building industry and since the mid-1960s have been a regular feature of facade technology. Neoprene gaskets were first used in Germany in 1962.

The motif covers the entire, completely regular facade and leads to the loss of all tectonic references. On the outside of a combined police and fire station (2004) in Berlin’s new parliamentary district, they used coated glass to create a fascinating pattern of different shades of red and green, reflecting the traditional colours of the fire brigade and police force in Germany (see Example 13, pp. 239– 41). The facade is made even more interesting through the reflections in its angled, scale-like surface.

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