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Glass: Rob Gregory reviews new developments and applications of glass technology.


Gartner, the German market leader in facade construction, has recently completed the installation of more than 16 000sqm of glass, aluminium, steel, sheet metal and natural stone at New York's recently opened Museum of Modern Art (MoMA, p40). The building cover consists of 22 different types of facade which, as described by architect Yoshio Taniguchi, will reflect the artistic claims of the Museum. The facade had to be designed generally with a joint width of just 6mm. Gartner therefore produced the facade elements in Gundelfingen using CNC machines to attain these extremely low tolerances.


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In response to differing international markets, Interpane presents new solar control glazing with an extremely low solar factor but increased external reflection and interesting colouring. Neutral or tinted glazing, complemented by matching spandrel panels, provide a harmonic facade. Interpane's Ipasol Bright was developed for use in regions with a lot of sunshine. With the additional iplus S thermal insulation coating, the glazing also meets central and northern European demands, as shown here in a modern extension to a manor house.


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STADIP ARTE is a laminated safety glass, which can have complex visual images applied--from brush strokes to photo-realistic images, graphic data to colour-graduations. Colour definitions from RAL, Pantone, NCS can all be achieved.


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Pilkington Activ coated glass was the world's first self-cleaning glass. A microscopically thin transparent coating of titanium oxide has two important chemical properties which, when combined, make the glass 'self cleaning'. The surface coating is photocatalytic; ultra-violet (UV) radiation causes it to react chemically with unwanted deposits of organic dirt, oxidizing them and breaking their adherence to the surface of the glass. It is also Hydrophilic--meaning it attracts water and causes it to 'sheet' on the surface of the glass, preventing the formation of separate droplets and ensuring that loose particles of dust and dirt can be washed naturally from the surface during normal rainy weather. As this chemical activity is continuous, even heavy soiling will eventually be broken down sufficiently to wash naturally off the glass during showers of rain. Regular cleaning should not normally be necessary.


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The outer skin of Ulm's new central library incorporates Glaverbel glass. The accessible double facade design acts as a useful climatic buffer, with large ventilation flaps and a moveable sunshade between the two skins of the facade which prevent the building from overheating and protect against glare in sunny weather. As well as cooling the structural components with night air to avoid excessive cooling loads, the coating of Glaverbel's Sunergy solar control glass, combined with the outer layer of patterned glass, allows only a small amount of solar radiation to enter the building.


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In completing Salzburg Airport's new Hangar 7, the contract for specially produced fire-resistant glass went to the Special Float Glass Division of SCHOTT JENAer Glas GmbH. PYRANS borosilicate fire-resistant glass at Hangar 7 is opening up a new dimension of transparent architecture in a format previously unattained in frameless glazing: the fire-resistant glass separates the two fire-protection compartments over a floor height of up to 3.40m. It is supported without intrusive vertical profiles from floor to ceiling. Instead the required supports are 'concealed' within the floor and ceiling. Some adaptation of the production had to be carried out both for the manufacture of the basic glass and also for the toughening and laminating.


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Date:Feb 1, 2005
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