Designing with Architectural Decorative Glass


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This is an AIA CES approved course on Architectural Decorative Glass, develop by General Glass International

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  • Textured glass adds visual interest and varying levels of opacity to just about any application by creating a subtle shifting of light.  Perfect for furniture, shower enclosures, privacy windows and more, standard textured glass is a very economical option.  Produced by pressing semi-molten glass between two metal rollers to imprint a distinct pattern, textured glass diffuses light creating new opportunities for conceptual freedom and design.
  • acid-etched glass products offer a wealth of opportunities to architects, interior designers and decorators. The consistent quality, durability and rich look of Textures products is unmatched. Walker TexturesTM glass creates a translucent satin appearance which obscures view while maintaining a high level of light transmittance.Acid-etched glass products offer a wealth of opportunities to architects, interior designers and decorators. The consistent quality, durability and rich look of Textures products is unmatched. Acid Etch glass creates a translucent satin appearance which obscures view while maintaining a high level of light transmittance.Acid-etched glass has a distinctive, uniformly smooth and satin-like appearance. Acid-etched glass admits light while providing softening and vision control.Acid-etched Glass AdvantagesConsistent finish and appearanceMaintenance freeMore mar-resistant than sandblasted glassDoes not peel or discolor like filmsDoes not scratch off like coatingsAcid etching is used to decorate many different types of glass objects, whether it be for a gift or to decorate your own home. Etching cream or liquid is applied to glass in a pattern, using a brush freehand, or contact paper or stencils. The acid in the cream reacts with the surface of the glass, leaving a frosted effect when it is washed off.Acid-etched Glass AdvantagesConsistent finish and appearanceMaintenance freeMore mar-resistant than sandblasted glassDoes not peel or discolor like filmsDoes not scratch off like coatings
  • LAPD building demonstrates environmental leadership and community connection, while meeting seismic requirementsConsidered the most expensive building of its kind, the $437 million Los Angeles Police Administration Building also is among the greenest, thanks in part to Wausau Window and Wall Systems.©Tim GriffithIn May 2010, the building earned Gold certification under the LEED® Green Building Rating System™ for new construction. The LAPD Headquarters project also was recognized in 2009 with the American Institute of Architects’ presidential honor award for “Building Team of the Year” and in June 2010 with the “Q Award” from the Alliance for Quality Construction.Along with the custom silk-screened glass, the curtainwalls’ deep sightlines and shadow boxes add visual interest to the façade. Similarly, the window pattern avoids a grid-like layout in favor of an open, yet secure, staggered arrangement. For these 429 ‘punched’ openings, Wausau supplied factory-glazed, custom windows. “These were specifically designed for this project with a very thin metal profile along the side of the pre-cast opening. Each opening consisted of a pre-glazed, two-section window with the upper portion of the window in front of a pre-cast panel to accommodate quick, safe installation from the building’s interior,” explains Beidle.
  • More and more architects and decorators are seeking ways to work with materials that enable them to personalise their projects and contracts. Cridecor is a printed and laminated glass which enables its users to create their own style and image for each contract. Its main characteristic is its design flexibility. Advantages The main advantage of this architectural glass is that it is a laminated pane. This means that the design of a printed glass pane can be combined with the protection and safety of laminated glass. Cridecor panes are printed on the inside of one of the two laminated panes, in order to ensure that the paint remains completely protected and unchanged.
  • Crisunid California is a high-technology laminated glass with a solar control film (50 µ thick) that is placed between two interlayers of PVB. Its main feature is the way it selectively controls infrared solar energy, while giving high visible- light transmission. Advantages • Over 70% light transmission. • Over 50% solar heat reflection. • 99% ultraviolet protection. • Soundproofing properties. • Safety and impact resistance. • The reflecting surface is protected against any external attack. • The same security level with less thickness, if compared with a current laminated glass (example: 66/3= 666/2). • Energy savings through reduced air-conditioning requirements. • Savings of electric light costs. • Savings in solar control accessories, such as curtains, blinds, awnings, etc. • Savings in glass thickness.
  • Channel glass is composed of long, narrow "U"-shaped linear cast-glass channels. It is suitable for daylighting because the glazing can be installed vertically or horizontally with an extruded metal frame around the perimeter, enabling uninterrupted vertical spans of up to 23 feet. Manufacturers offer the glass in a range of colors and textures with varying translucency, allowing for the passage of natural light without loss of privacy, and with either tempering or filming options available to meet impact safety requirements. Channel glass provides warm, diffuse light for interior spaces and, because of its shape, the glazing system can achieve very tight radiuses or can be used in curving or serpentine applications. Intermediate vertical mullions are generally not required for vertical installations. Additional benefits include adaptability to seismic code requirements.For the Scottsdale W Hotel and Residences, Starwood's first W Hotel in Arizona, San Francisco-based Hornberger + Worstell Architects were tasked with creating a state-of-the-art hotel living room, a signature feature of W Hotels worldwide. A key design challenge was creating a space that flows well from the portecochere entry and incorporates natural light while keeping out the Arizona heat, which often hovers above 100 ºF.
  • Santa Monica Civic Center Parking Structure Design in Glass AwardFirst LEED-Certified Parking Garage in the U.S. Recognized for Architectural Use of GlassPassaic, NJ - March 20, 2008 - The Lamberts channel glass provided by Bendheim Wall Systems, Inc. for the Santa Monica Civic Center Parking Structure in California recently earned it the 2007 "Design in Glass" Award from the Glass Association of North America (GANA). The award recognizes excellence in the use of glass in architectural design.The Santa Monica Civic Center Parking Structure is the first LEED-certified garage in the United States. Designed by Moore Ruble Yudell Architects, the building features tempered, back-painted Lamberts Prismasolar® texture channel glass set in a custom frame system. The colored channel glass pieces are angled to act as a rain screen and provide proper ventilation while adding intricacy and light to the six-story pre-cast concrete parking structure.
  • Lincoln Street Cinema, South Beach Miami. Laminated glass with color interlayer, safety, hurricane and sound
  • Designing with Architectural Decorative Glass

    1. 1.  Founded in 1900, New York City Manufacturer and fabricator of decorative glass, all glass entrances, shower enclosures and fire rated glazing Supply on commercial interiors and exteriors, high end residential Headquarters and manufacturing facility in Secaucus, NJ
    2. 2. General Glass International is a Registered Provider with TheAmerican Institute of Architects Continuing Education Systems. Creditsearned on completion of this program will be reported to CES Recordsfor AIA members. Certificates of Completion for non-AIA membersavailable on request.This program is registered with the AIA/CES for continuing professionaleducation. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed orconstrued to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material ofconstruction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, ordealing in any material or product. Questions related to specificmaterials, methods, and services will be addressed at the conclusion of thispresentation.
    3. 3. Presented by:General Glass International AIA Provider #xxxx Course #GG101
    4. 4. Learning Objectives: at the end of this program, participants will be able to:1. Understand the various types and applications of decorative glass2. Understand the performance capabilities of decorative glass3. Understand how to evaluate and specify decorative glass4. Understand how decorative glass offers sustainability and contributes to LEED design
    5. 5. Today, design professionals have unlimited optionswhen designing with decorative glass without givingup performance.Decorative glass offers custom and standardoptions allowing the creation of unique one-of-a-kind designs for both interior and exterior glazingapplications.New technologies offer state-of-the-art quality anddurability at a relatively inexpensive price point.
    6. 6. 1. Size limitations2. No custom3. Some colors not available4. Not safety5. Not “high resolution” on quality
    7. 7. 1. Size not an obstacle2. Meet virtually any design theme.3. Every color is a possibility4. Laminated and Tempered are prominent5. “HD” quality is more the norm
    8. 8. Typical Textured/Patterned Acid-etched Silk-screened Laminated Films Digital
    9. 9. Product Attributes Adds visual interest Varying levels of opacity Standard or custom patterns availableTypical Applications Furniture Shower enclosures Privacy windows
    10. 10. Product Attributes Consistent finish & appearance Maintenance free Does not scratch off like coated productsTypical Applications Shower enclosures Curtain wall Entrance systems Storefront Offices & conference rooms
    11. 11. Product Attributes Improves Solar Control performance A large variety of looks and designs Can be applied to a variety of substrates and used on different surfacesTypical Applications Curtain wall Office partitions and walls Skylights
    12. 12. Product Attributes Safety Sound StructuralTypical Applications Skylights Partitions Facades Handrails
    13. 13. Product Attributes Wide Variety Not permanent Fall out protectionTypical Applications Entrances Partitions Handrails
    14. 14. Product Attributes Multiple colors/shapes per pass Resolution Image adaptability Connectivity between panelsTypical Applications Facades Digital Direct-to-Glass Printing Partitions Handrails Glass Walls Furniture
    15. 15.  Balustrades Storefronts Spandral Public Art Interior Partitions Doors Wind Walls Canopies Bus Shelters Elevator Interiors Signage Stair Treads Flooring
    16. 16. Interior Offices & Conference rooms Partitions Shower EnclosuresExterior Applications Curtain Wall Storefront & Fixed Windows Front Entrances Doors Bus Stop Shelters
    17. 17. Product Attributes Typically non-structural Ads visual interest with images, colors, patterns, textures and various light transmissionMake-ups & Performance Must meet safety requirements Typically fully tempered or laminated Typically monolithic with 1/8” and up thickness
    18. 18. Product Attributes Can be structural or non- structural applications Ads visual interest with images, colors, patterns, textures and various light transmissionMake-ups & Performance Must meet safety requirements Typically fully tempered or laminated Can be monolithic or insulating glass
    19. 19.  Entrances Window Wall Storefront Curtain Wall Interior Systems Glass Doors Custom Systems
    20. 20. Glazing Performance Shading Coefficient Solar Heat Gain Light Transmission Color Stability SafetySolutions Ceramic Frit Low E Coatings Color Pigmentation Tempered & Laminated Glass
    21. 21. Glazing Performance Shading Coefficient Solar Heat GainSolutions Ceramic Frit Low E Coatings Color Pigmentation
    22. 22. Glazing Performance Light TransmissionSolutions Color Pigmentation
    23. 23. Glazing Performance Color StabilitySolutions Color Pigmentation
    24. 24. Glazing Performance Safety Glazing Impact ResistanceSolutions Tempered Glass Laminated Glass
    25. 25. Doing your due diligence… Available colors & pattern (standard or custom) Glass type options Research the fabricator Fabricator capabilities Product performance data Test reports Case histories of similar projects Project references 12” x 12” samples Product literature Product Spec Sheets Warranty information
    26. 26. Critical information to include in you decorative color spec: Color, patterns, glass type Size requirements Glazing system Glass thickness Sample submittals Mock ups Test reports Shop drawings Product certification Maintenance info Online resources Warranty
    27. 27. Allows the use of more glass in various applicationsleading to: Allows designers to use more glass contributing to more daylighting in the work space Ability to help control solar heat gain by providing levels of shading Provides more recyclable products on the project
    28. 28. The use of decorative glass in various glazing systemscan contribute to LEED in the following ways: Provide measurements of light control Contribute to controlling solar heat gain with low-e products Contribute to daylighting
    29. 29. 1. Offers architects and designer more design options without sacrificing performance2. New technologies such as Digital print-to- glass offers custom options at a competitive price3. Contributes to sustainable designs and LEED initiatives
    30. 30. Design Challenges Huge Span 200 x 60 Older images Match and FlowDesign Solution Digital paint on glass High resolution photos shot of example artwork 429 panels- all mapped out- only one place each could go.
    31. 31. Design Challenges Use for signage Curved letters Make it look like iceDesign Solution Digital printing to glass Match curves, every piece unique Print to imitate the lines in the “ice”
    32. 32. Note lines in “Ice”
    33. 33. Questions? General Glass International 800.431.2042For additional information on decorative glass please visit:
    34. 34. This presentation is protected by US and Internationalcopyright laws. Reproduction, distribution, display and use ofthe presentation without written permission of the speaker is prohibited. © General Glass International, 2011
    35. 35. Thank You This concludes The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Systems ProgramFor additional information on decorative glass please visit: