Transparency is a developing force in architecture, connecting building occupants to their interior and exterior environments. With the rapidity of technological advancements, the use of glass continues to expand and be redefined- providing Architects and designers with an arsenal of design possibilities. Joel Berman Glass-Studios - Tessella
Forms + Surfaces - Vivistone
Bendheim - eh-Oui
Serving more than a utilitarian purpose, glass reaches new levels of aesthetic appeal through texture and artistic formwork. Bendheim’s eh Oui collection of decorative architectural glass incorporates woven metal textiles that add depth and a shimmering sophistication to any space. VividGlass by Form+Surfaces offers an unrivaled glazing backdrop of color, dimensional graphics and stone effects that draw nature indoors. For a more three dimensional facet of glass, the geometric-intensive Tessella line by Joel Berman Glass Studios allows glass to reflect light in fluid and organic patterns.
Skyline-Designs - Maze
This sleek and visually barrier-free design material has branding and way finding potential through acid-etching, sandblasting, laminating and back painting and can also function as a projection surface. Skyline Design’s approach to printing, AST™ and Vitracolor®,utilizes a low-VOC painting process that ensures vibrant and true photographic reproduction on glass surfaces with an array of color selections.
V.I.A. By Steelcase adds complexity and functionality to a plane often overlooked- the vertical plane. It is typically seen as a means to define and divide space but it now asked to do more. It can host a wide array of elements within the same integrated system from embedded monitors to power faceplates in order to achieve a clean and streamlined surface. The modularity of the system along the horizontal plane provides flexibility for the design of spaces at multiple yet interrelated scales.
Sageglass- Electronically tintable glass
One of the first things they teach you in Architecture school is the impact of your local climate on a building. They discuss the dos and don'ts of having large amounts of glazing on facades exposed directly to the sun. Sageglass has challenged this long-taught concept by developing a “smart” glazing solution. They have developed a glass that responds to and controls the amount of light penetrating a space through electronic tinting. Through its response, it reduces heat gain and therefore improves building performance without obstructing a patron's view to their surroundings.
"Light is the origin of all being. Light gives, with each moment, new form to being and new interrelationships to things and architecture condenses light of its most concise being. The creation of space in architecture is simply the condensation and purification of the power of light." - Tadao Ando