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Snapback: Glass, and Much More

May/June 2011
August/September 2010 issue of SNAP

As the popularity of architectural glazing continues to rise, glass makers are unveiling a crop of innovative new products that resolve seemingly irreconcilable structural and aesthetic demands. The variety of laminates, layers, and manufacturing technologies now available has made possible highly transparent glass that admits more (and clearer) visible light than ever before while thwarting glare, solar heat gain, and damaging UV rays. Even the more decorative options on the market offer high-performance features, pairing saturated colors, painterly hues, or voluptuous surface textures with enhanced impact resistance, energy-savings features, and – courtesy of nontoxic coloration – recyclability. A perfect marriage of form and function? Clearly. —Jen Renzi

The Palais Quartier in Frankfurt, Germany
The Palais Quartier in Frankfurt, Germany, is sheathed in Guardian's Sunguard SuperNeutral 62 glass. It boasts a 62% visible-light transmission and a 0.31 solar-heat-gain coefficient, one of the highest solar-heat-gain ratios on the market. Click the image above to view additional glass and glazing products
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David Ling

David Ling
Principal, David Ling Architect
New York City

“For my own residence in Amagansett, N.Y., I specified wide expanses of glass to capture panoramic views. Although I’m elated with the proportions of the glazing as well as the energy performance, I’ve had to deal with leaks and am working with the manufacturer to solve them. When choosing glass, consider not only aesthetics and warranties, but also service and the manufacturer’s willingness to stand by their product and resolve issues that arise .”


Jasmit Rangr

Jasmit Rangr
President, Rangr Studio Inc.
New York City

“The variety of available interlayers and coatings can offer fresh design opportunities for glass. I recently designed a rooftop canopy using glass with an infrared blocking interlayer, which admits daylight and views while blocking heat. Visitors always do a double-take in the summer: despite being open-air, the structure feels like it’s air-conditioned.”


Robert Bristow

Robert Bristow
Principal, Poesis LLC
Lakeville, Conn.

“We have been trying to modulate the transparency of glass in our projects. For one project, a pair of detached condominiums on a single site, we have large, double-height glass walls facing each other. To increase the privacy in these spaces we are exploring using various films on the inside of the glass. These will be printed with graphics of our design and attached to the glass by installers just prior to occupancy.”


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