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An Architect’s Guide To: Glazed Façades

Gain full transparency into glorious glazed façades.

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When executed well, glazed façades are one of the most recognizable and glamorous components of buildings today. However, characterized by endless iterations, they are an extremely challenging architectural component to perfect. From selecting the perfect framing system to creating a uniquely geometric and bespoke façade when needed, we spent the week gathering and creating resources for you.

Primers

How to Specify: Glazed Façades

“We spoke with Marc Simmons, Principal at design and façade consulting group Front, who assured us that “the question of how to specify just isn’t that easy.” Occupying a position at the forefront of building envelope and façade consultation, Front boasts an unmatched portfolio of custom-designed curtainwall systems, bespoke cladding systems and geometrically challenging building forms.” Check out the full story here.

Inspiration

Emporia by Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB, Malmö, Sweden; Glazing by CRICURSA and Vanceva

Mind-Benders: 5 Unbelievable Curved Glass Façades

“Glass is not the delicate, inflexible material that it used to be. Improvements in the manufacturing process have made it stronger, purer and thinner than ever before. These high-strength sheets can be shaped by machines, in specialized furnaces or on site, without breaking; enabling architects to create sculptural glass buildings. These façades bend, twist and undulate, proving that in our parametric present, curved glass is the wave of the future.” Check out the full story here.

JTI Headquarters by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP ( SOM ), Geneva, Switzerland; Curtain walls made with Josef Gartner GmbH

Building Transparency: 6 Extraordinary Curtain Walls

“Layering space, curtain walls balance conditions along the envelope to control thermal expansion, movement, cooling, lighting and water diversion. When specifying such elements, it’s important to consider the support of curtain walls and how they transfer loads to floor structure or framing, as well as factoring in acoustic properties, maintenance, thermal and moisture performance. Taking a sampling of innovative curtain wall systems, the following projects illustrate different framing and installation types. Collectively, they begin to show how curtain walls can be specified and realized through collaboration between architects and manufacturers.” Check out the full story here.

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Header image features Closed Cavity Façade by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)