In the past, glazed surfaces tended to be small and almost opaque; but this began to change throughout the years due to the growing trend of increasingly larger glass panes in construction. Accompanied by thinner frames, they dilute the boundaries between the inside and the outside, and have become ubiquitous in modern buildings. In fact, it is increasingly rare to find a contemporary work of architecture that does not include the remarkable presence of glass: this material is present in the most diverse architectural scales, and its transparency provides harmonious integration with the surroundings and generous natural light for buildings.
Traditional systems with frames are still predominant, but frameless glass facades are gaining ground in specific architectural projects, as they create perfect connections between the glass and the structure of the building, resulting in a singular aesthetic with soft and harmonious transitions. By eliminating heavy frames, a project’s aesthetics can be enhanced while also improving the quality of life inside.
Unit City Office Kyiv
A good example of its application can be seen at the UNIT.City Office in Kyiv, Ukraine. The architects included a seamless glass wall on the front and rear of the building, complemented by snipped glass lines on the sides, without compromising the lightness of the facade. The facade’s unique technological elements were visually demonstrated through a four-glass test fragment and a track on a metal base. An aerodynamic analysis guaranteed stability against wind loads, dividing the facade into „wind zones“ and selecting appropriate glass units for each. Notably, the largest glass panels on the facade, measuring 5.2 meters high and 1.8 meters wide, remain without frames, increasing both the aesthetics and energy efficiency. These double-glass units have additional pultruded reinforcement, further strengthening the structural integrity and performance of the facade.
Notably, the largest glass panels on the facade, measuring 5.2 meters high and 1.8 meters wide, remain without frames, increasing both the aesthetics and energy efficiency. These double-glass units have additional pultruded reinforcement, further strengthening the structural integrity and performance of the facade.
Another project that draws attention to the extensive use of glass is the Chicago Cube, also in Ukraine. A 12-meter-high cube-shaped glass structure devoid of aluminum support systems results in a light and visually pleasant design. Functionally, the 5.3 x 2.8-meter glass ribs serve as wind load absorbers and support the cover, maintaining its appearance without a frame or visible metal supports on the edges. Engineers creatively faced the challenge of fixing beams to the posts inside the roof without compromising aesthetics, using special accommodations for a simpler appearance. The installation was completed with a glass roof, designed with an effective water drainage slope and a weather station to record external conditions.
High solar reflection properties of double-glass windows ensure a fresh and comfortable interior, complemented by colorful double-glass windows on the cube roof, preventing excessive penetration of sunlight and heat accumulation.
Chicago cube, Ukraine
To conclude, Aestech frameless glass facade systems represent a paradigm shift in architectural glazing solutions, eliminating the need for conventional frames and incorporating their patented technology to reinforce IGUs. Perfect integration of form and function in its frameless projects not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of buildings but also improves structural performance, allowing designers to transcend traditional boundaries and open new ways of architectural expression.
Report by: https://www.archdaily.com/1004544/seamless-transitions-and-superior-insulation-through-frameless-glass-facades/64bfd7eaedf169734f2772f7-seamless-transitions-and-superior-insulation-through-frameless-glass-facades-image