Fall 2021 Source Material

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Source Material Fall 2021

The latest on facades, glass, windows, and walls

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Just when we thought we were out, Delta pulled us back in. The COVID-19 variant sent transmission rates climbing; by early September, the daily number of cases had shot up to 150,000. Still, there’s reason for hope: The share of vaccinated Americans is just over 50 percent, and boosters are already here. Moreover, the chances of breakthrough infection are unlikely—just one in 5,000 (or less), according to a report in The New York Times. Business has already returned to a kind of normal. The latest available Architecture Billings Index (July) marked a sixth straight month of growth for the industry. In-person events are also back: Salone del Mobile in Milan kicked off the 2021 Design Season earlier this month, and several more industry events are due to follow in the coming weeks. NeoCon relaunches in Chicago in early October, while ICFF and the NYCxDesign festival return to Manhattan and select parts of Brooklyn and Queens in mid-November. Amid all these goings-on, none are quite like AN’s Design District Crawl. Centered

around the NoMad and Flatiron neighborhoods, the one-day event promises to reacquaint members of New York’s design community for what might be the first time since the pandemic’s start. “The idea of socializing again is very exciting,” said Eda Ecemiş, of Lineadecor, in our crawl preview on page 4. Visitors will amble from showroom to showroom, greeted by AN editors along the way. What they’ll find, in addition to compelling products in equally compelling settings, is good company. Meanwhile, AN is pressing ahead with its signature Facades+ event series, making pitstops in Denver, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and more. As always, the programming highlights the latest in building enclosures, from scintillating case studies to innovative products and everything in between. Likewise, this issue of Source Material compiles a great deal of useful information in one easily readable format. Look at it as both a digest about architecture’s cutting-edge and a guide to glass, metals, composites, wall paneling, hardware, and more. Enjoy!

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New York’s Design District Returns After a long period of closures and limited-capacity measures, many of the city’s design firms prepare to fully reopen showrooms this fall. By Adrian Madlener

It would be fruitless to try to condense New York’s design community into a handful of city blocks. Even so, few neighborhoods have as strong a claim to the title of “design district” as NoMad and Flatiron. With plentiful real estate of the expansive postindustrial variety, the area has become a magnet for high-end design brands looking to establish a foothold in New York. The ambience and environmental design vary dramatically from one showroom to the next, so that one can peruse smart kitchen fixtures, stylish furnishings, and innovative composites in the span of a few blocks. For AEC specialists outfitting various commercial projects or for consumers seeking to upgrade their homes, the NoMad and Flatiron neighborhoods are a one-stop source. Market editor Adrian Madlener spoke to several of the area’s showroom managers ahead of AN Interior’s Design District Crawl on October 20. The evening event will bring together industry professionals in various locales for the first time in over a year to pour libations, converse, and test the latest products. AN: What does it mean for you and perhaps the entire New York design industry to be reopening showrooms this fall? Eda Ecemiş, marketing representative, Lineadecor: The idea of socializing again is very exciting, and it’s more meaningful than ever for the design community. There’s a serious demand for kitchen and other home products because of all the time we’ve spent indoors lately. With most projects back on track, we’re happy to yet again provide a place where our clients can interact with our designs. This industry relies on both visual and physical parameters. There needs to be a social component and physical interaction. Jan‑Willem Poels, country manager, Moooi USA: Clients need to see products in real life, especially when it comes to presenting new releases. We create unforgettable brand experiences online, but in our brand stores we can shape a complete Moooi world that is experienced in all its tactility. It allows our clients to make better choices about materials and finishes. In times like these, we need to bring more beauty into the world. If we can bring a spark of happiness to people who see our collections, be it in real life or pictures, we’ve accomplished our mission. AN: In the age of e-commerce, why is it still essential to have a physical space to promote your brands?

Emilie Miller, content editor, PID Floors: There is nothing like visiting a showroom in person. You can look, see, touch, and have a tactile, visceral experience with our vast inventory of hardwood flooring in person, and that is a priceless experience for our clients. Amy Lee, partner, DeMuro Das: It’s well known that design is a relationship-driven business—one face-to-face meeting can take the place of countless emails and phone calls when it comes to building trust and familiarity. No matter how many CAD drawings, photographs, and renderings get used in the design process, the end result is a physical space filled with physical objects that will be interacted with daily. I like to think of our showroom as a way of facilitating mini experiences for each client who enters—the mood, the light, the space, the conversations with employees all convey a great deal about who you are as a brand that can’t be communicated any other way. AN: In what ways are NoMad and Flatiron the design district of New York? Roy Marcus, brand ambassador, Artistic Tile: We were pioneers in moving from Fifth Avenue to 21st Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. Now heading to 21st Street has become shorthand for stone and tile shopping. We’re proud of our status as the first among equals. The Flatiron/NoMad area offers the extraordinary resource of the finest in decorative showrooms across all categories, one that absorbs the intense energy of New York’s creative epicenter.

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Poels: The concentration of high-quality design stores in the NoMad area makes it easier to plan shopping trips both for New York clients and designers as well as visitors from out of town. Miller: There was a reason we wanted our flagship showroom to be in the heart of the Flatiron District—it’s simply the best. It’s a design hub and endlessly inspiring to be surrounded by so many incredible design brands within a neighborhood steeped in such history. As we emerge from the significant challenges of this past year, we have no doubt this period will be a renaissance for New York’s design districts.

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Facing page, above: DeMuro Das's new sprawling flagship is located at 900 Broadway in the centrally-situated Flatiron District. Facing page, below: Moooi's 36 East 31st street brand store has become a mainstay of the ever-popular Nomad neighborhood. Above: Lineadecor's 900 Broadway Suite showroom offers the perfect in-person experience for a range of clients and specifiers. Below: PID Floors's 5 West 20th street flagship remains a vital resource for the most discerning customers.

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Case Study Special Section

The 2021 Architect’s Newspaper Fall

FAB FACADES IVANE K ATAMASHVILI

Saying that we know a thing or two about facades at The Architect’s Newspaper is an understatement. Our expertise in this richly varied field has spawned the Facades+ editorial platform and robust conference series over the past few years. We’re always searching for the latest innovations and closely reporting on the evolution of this growing industry. By studying experimentation with form, texture, and groundbreaking applications within North America and abroad, we can pinpoint the latest trends and profile the innovators pushing the limits of this architectural element. Recently completed case studies in this special section represent the best of this exploratory energy, undeterred by the global pandemic. We also highlight an abundance of new and improved products. A return to ceramics in a range of panelized and unitized applications reveals the long-overlooked strength of this ancient material, while refreshed and reengineered composites provide new flexibility. Dynamic metal and glass solutions appear in the latest curtain wall and rainscreen systems, and updated barrier and coating products are meeting the demand for better insulation and durability. By Adrian Madlener


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Case Study

West Hollywood Sunset Spectacular

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TOM WISCOMBE ARCHITECTURE

Architect: Tom Wiscombe Architecture Location: West Hollywood, California Structural engineer: Walter P Moore Electrical engineer: Glumac Media designer and engineer: Display De- vices Construction manager and client: Orange Barrel Media General contractor: Arbib Construction Steel fabricator: Northern Manufacturing Steel detailer: DBM Vircon Electrical subcontractor: Bauer Electric Services Custom plate steel modules Custom LED video screens Los Angeles’s Sunset Strip is a charming hodgepodge where buildings old and new jostle for space with palm trees and rotating billboards. Adding to this riotous scene is a new urban marker every bit as attention-grabbing as Hollywood blockbusters and architectural kitsch. At 67 feet tall, the West Hollywood Sunset Spectacular is somewhere between a billboard and a Transformer. Massive multimedia displays beam out advertisements every few seconds, while oversize stainless-steel modules give the impression that the shardlike obelisk could suddenly click into gear. Local firm Tom Wiscombe Architecture (TWA) developed the project alongside Orange Barrel Media for a 2016 city-sponsored competition, fending off stiff challenges from the

likes of Zaha Hadid Architects and Gensler. In the several exploded diagrams that TWA prepared for its submission entry, the assembly of the individual building pieces mirrors that of a model set. “It’s really the only kind of architectural representation that I trust,” said founder Tom Wiscombe. That playfulness, however, belies the unorthodox construction techniques, advanced design-assist processes, and complex systems integration marshaled for the project’s realization. Early on, structural engineering firm Walter P Moore determined that a standard frameand-skin enclosure system would be too expensive and instead suggested welding TWA’s componentry together in a process akin to aircraft construction. Its fabrication fell to Northern Manufacturing, an Ohio-based maker of industrial equipment, with construction modeling firm DBM Vircon acting as a go-between. (Project detailing was key to avoiding errors in prefabrication that could prevent the components, each one entirely unique, from aligning on-site.) The Los Angeles office of MEP engineers Glumac devised an intensive electrical system capable of powering 1,500 square feet of digital tile, three high-powered laser video projectors, and multiple sound systems. The entire enterprise breached the boundaries of the architectural, passing into the infrastructural: Altogether, 100 tons of stainless steel went into the construction. The components—or, per Wiscombe, “superstructure chunks”—were loaded onto 770-foot-long super-load lowrider trailers for the 2,300-mile

TOM WISCOMBE ARCHITECTURE

Top: West Hollywood Sunset Spectacular is a public-private partnership between Orange Barrel Media and the City of West Hollywood and seeks to establish a new form of billboard for the 21st century.

Above left and right: Multi-ton super components compose the project’s structure and facade, The individual components were welded together following the principals of monocoque fabrication.


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Case Study

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TOM WISCOMBE ARCHITECTURE

trek west. Each piece arrived on-site in West Hollywood with a loose back panel that allowed them to be bolted together on their perimeter faces. (That connection was subsequently concealed.) A 90-foot-tall industrial crane hoisted the “chunks” into place; arranged in three towering panels, they form a cocoon around a pedestrian-accessible central void. Suspended overhead is a sculptural entity that appears to stabilize the heaving mass. For Wiscombe, the project forcefully challenged industry paradigms. “It is time that we really take apart how we build, what kinds of elements are used to build, who builds it, and how we document it,” he said. “One thing that I'm really proud of on this project is that we didn’t accept anything that was given on any of those fronts, we are kind of working as skunkworks, and there is a bit of mystery shrouding what is being done. I view that as a mode of innovation.” Matthew Marani

TOM WISCOMBE ARCHITECTURE

Top and above: Tom Wiscombe Architects conceived of the design as a model kit. Three-dimensional clusters, or “superstructural chunks,” were configured to create the project’s shape-shifting form. Mechanical and electrical systems run through chases embedded within the plate steel modules and carry enough voltage to power the multimedia display.


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Case Study

MIT Site 4

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JOHN HORNER

ANDREW GROTE

Architect: NADAAA Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts Architect of record: Perkins&Will Structural engineer: Odeh Engineers Facade consultant: Studio NYL MEP engineer: Arup General contractor & construction manager: Turner Construction Facade fabricator: Island Exterior Fabricators Facade manufacturers: Wausau Window panel windows, Construction Specialties architectural louvers, Ipswich Bay Glass storefront system, Kawneer curtain wall system, Alpolic aluminum composite panels From the beginning, MIT Site 4, a new 29-story graduate residential tower in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was conceived by its architects as an icon. But not just any icon, said Nader Tehrani of the architecture firm NADAAA; the project, one of several being developed concurrently by MIT in the Kendall Square neighborhood, needed to both anchor this inchoate skyline and be “more stealth, almost inconspicuous.” Contemplating this paradoxical aim, Tehrani reached for an old bit of sleight of hand. Because the lozenge-shaped tower was oriented east to west, its broad sides would be

visible up and down Main Street—the opposite of inconspicuous. Breaking up those exteriors into alternating bands of glass and anodized aluminum unitized panels would give the eye more to do, but staggering them, the NADAAA team discovered, would trigger a sensation akin to the café wall illusion. Color gradations in the paneling and their concave depressions, which produce subtle shadowing, reinforce the feeling of variability. As it takes on increasingly bigger commissions, Boston-based NADAAA has reconciled craft-forward thinking with the economies of scale expected of most large job sites. At Site 4, the aluminum panels are enormous—each is 10 feet tall, anywhere between 15 and 29 feet wide, and weighs 4,200 pounds—yet they are arranged like courses of masonry. Pushing the comparison further, they dagger at the tower corners like coppery quoins. Tehrani likens the scale of the panel segments to that of triple-deckers, the distinctive three-story houses that dot Cambridge. But a more literal rootedness in history and context occurs at Site 4. Its bronze trunk rises from the shell of a 19th-century brick warehouse whose envelope needed to be stabilized after its internal structure was blown out. Next followed a feat of structural ingenuity; half of MIT’s six Kendall Square projects rest atop a common subterranean continued on page 12

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Top left: The tower is one of several large developments MIT is building through the Kendall Square Initiative.

Top right: The north and south elevations cantilever up to 50 feet from the street-level podium.

Middle and bottom: The panel arrangement is inspired by the café wall illusion, where staggered rows are arranged so as to appear sloped.



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MIT Site 4 continued

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base, so a concrete slab was poured at grade during excavation to allow for the simultaneous construction of the tower above. At the fifth story, a hybrid system of concrete and steel trusses cantilevers to the north and south and supports an orthogonal grid of castin-place floor plates and columns. Initially, NADAAA specified three-story-tall panels for Site 4’s facade, but feedback from fabricator Island Exterior Fabricators and facade consultant Studio NYL prompted a change of tack. Instead of vertically oriented panels, horizontally stacked panels would ease both transport (they readily fit on a flatbed truck) and installation, noted Studio NYL founding principal Chris O’Hara. The horizontal panels, he explained, “were installed at a pace of one floor per week and were mounted at the head and hung from the floor above using a J-hook assembly that was developed to permit adjustability of 1 inch in each direction.” The result is an icon that resists the label, magnetic in its pull but not smothering. This is so, Tehrani suggests, because “the building presents a silhouette that is not so much the result of a willful composition but the natural consequence of a tectonic decision.” Matthew Marani

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Top left and right: The panels, which have embeded waterproofing and insulation, were prefabricated by Island Exterior Fabricators.

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Metal

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Products

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Sturdy and long-lasting, metal cladding can protect a building from the elements while also reinforcing its structural stability. These latest products champion easy application, customization, and aesthetic nuance without skimping on strength and durability. By Adrian Madlener

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The new Frost Anodized collection by ALPOLIC introduces a smooth and low-gloss finish to the manufacturer’s broad offering of indoor and outdoor metal surface products. This new range offers designers the look of chrome without the cost typically involved.

EnFold Façade is a division of BŌK Modern specializing in rainscreen systems. Its panelized products integrate hardware, eliminating the need for on-site welding and reducing the time needed for installation. These nonflammable, solid-sheet metal panels are precision formed, which ensures structural rigidity.

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6WL Rigidized Metals

Dri-Design’s metal wall panels come in a variety of colors, materials, finishes, and textures. The new Anodized Aluminum finish comes in many shades and complements the rest of the Dri-Design system.

The new patterned and perforated 6WL panel by Rigidized Metals is engineered with deep-relief textures to enhance durability and meet different aesthetic requirements. Its proprietary manufacturing technology can be used to apply almost any motif to metals like stainless steel, carbon steel, aluminum, copper, brass, and titanium.

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Composites

Products

Fall 2021

Blending materials to harness the best attributes of each allows manufacturers to create dynamic products. Precision-engineered composite cladding provides the AEC design community with flexibility and room for customization. The following selection demonstrates how the qualities of natural stone and cement can be combined with synthetic elements to achieve new levels of durability and aesthetic cohesion. By Adrian Madlener

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James Hardie’s flagship HardiePlank Lap Siding demonstrates the best aspects of its fiber cement technology. This product captures the tradition and timelessness of timber lap siding and infuses the facade with performance and durability. HardiePlank Lap Siding comes in a range of colors and finishes that imitate materials like wood and stone.

Inspired by nature and the ongoing fight against COVID-19, the new Six-S collection by Neolith showcases the company’s decoration technology and finishing techniques. Available in six variants, these sintered-stone tiles are detailed enough to feature prominently within interiors and durable enough to withstand the elements as facade components.

Northern Facades’ dry joint back-vented Accumet rainscreen panel is produced using aluminum composite. It is available in a variety of sizes, custom shapes, and colors. Accumet is SB10 and ASHRAE 90.1 compliant with the inclusion of Northern Facades’ ISO Clip.

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Stonewood Fiberesin Industries Stonewood by Fiberesin Industries is a solid, phenolic architectural panel that is as aesthetically pleasing as it is durable. With a high strength-to-weight ratio, this product is ideal for either horizontal or vertical surfaces and can be used in rainscreens and direct applications. fiberesin.com

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Produced using stone composite material, Steni Vision versatile rainscreen panels combine a wide range of colors, patterns, and finishes. The precut, unconventionally shaped components are inexpensive, easy to install, impact resistant, and helpful in reducing a building’s carbon footprint.

An innovative alternative to traditional stone cladding, GammaStone veneer panels are lightweight. This TerraCORE Panels product is manufactured using a stainless-steel backing, fiberglass, and a variety of nature-inspired veneers.

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Curtain Walls

Products

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Reducing the need for additional insulation, these curtain wall systems achieve thermal efficiency while keeping out air and water and reducing building sway. The following products showcase materials that can be used to pursue various aesthetics. By Adrian Madlener

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Solarban R77 Vitro

Series 4500 Curtain Wall C.R. Laurence

2500 UT Unitwall System Kawneer

The new Solarban R77 neutral-reflective glass features a subtle but impactful silver-blue tone and code-friendly solar controls. Applicable in Vitro curtain wall systems, this product has low emissivity while reflecting the sky above.

Integrating C.R. Laurence’s proprietary UNIflash, a system that sweeps infiltrated water to the exterior, the new stick and panel–type Series 4500 Curtain Wall system incorporates pressure-relieved horizontals. Nonconductive injection-molded thermoplastic connectors ensure total thermal insulation.

Implementing continuous polyamide vertical and horizontal breaks, the new unitized Kawneer 2500 UT Unitwall System offers optimal thermal performance for many climates and locations. This cost-effective solution eliminates pressure plates and fasteners, reduces the need for metal, and cuts down on time required for assembly.

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MLP Azon Azon specializes in top-of-the-line machinery and technology for aluminum facade manufacturers. The new MLP (mechanical lock profile) system was developed for commercial aluminum curtain walls, storefronts, and openings. It incorporates concealed and encapsulated components and is energy efficient. azonintl.com

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Bird1st Etch Guardian Glass

YHC 300 SSG Cassette YKK AP

Designed to protect birds and from all-too-common problem of collisions, the new Bird1st Etch glass product by Guardian Glass provides designers flexibility without compromising on aesthetics. Available in four different and conducive to a variety of facade applications, Bird1st Etch incorporates products like SunGuard and low-e coating variants.

The YHC 300 SSG Cassette system by YKK AP is a four-sided structural, silicone-glazed solution developed to withstand extreme conditions, especially hurricanes. While interlocking adapters anchor the cassettes, mullions toggle the vertical edges. The YHC 300 SSG Cassette system is available in multiple depths.

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Case Study

Design architect: Adjaye Associates Location: New York City

rat. (Early skyscraper builders keenly cultivated Babylonian imagery through their designs.) Arched windows and loggias, faint echoes of the Woolworth’s Gothic flourishes, break with today’s prevailing fashion for crisp grids, sharp diagonals, and other anodyne geometries. Said Adjaye, “I was thinking about the evolution of towers in the city and wanted to find a language that could counterbalance recent interventions in the New York skyline.” The arches motif, he explains, goes back even further than the turn of the century, recalling the large, vaulted maritime warehouses that once operated on the site. Adjaye also toyed with the tripartite divisions that Cass Gilbert and his ilk swore by. He inverted the bottom and middle orders, detailing the tower base in polished cast-in-place concrete and “rusticating” the shaft through the use of the precast panels. (The uppermost order—the crown—he kept; crews are currently at work assembling its bronze carapace.) More than a sly reversal, the displacement of the tactile upward restores a craftsmanship to sky-high construction, suggests Marc McQuade, an associate principal at Adjaye Associates. “We wanted to invoke that Gotham experience, which you don’t get so much from the ground but from neighboring buildings,” he said. “Sometimes the best terra-cotta ornament of those classic New York towers doesn’t start until the 27th floor.” Each of the 30-foot-wide-by-12-foot-tall panels was precast at a plant in Ontario, following an involved process that began with custom formwork “made by master cabinetry makers,” said McQuade. With input from Adjaye Associates’ New York office and a tight division of labor, the precast team prepared

130 William Architect of record: Hill West Architects Facade consultant: Gilsanz Murray Steficek (GMS) Structural engineers: McNamara Salvia Civil engineer: AKRF Engineering PC Construction manager: Gilbane Electrical engineer: AKRF Engineering PC Lighting consultant: Brian Orter Lighting, Design (BOLD) Mechanical/plumbing engineer: Ventrop EGC Precast: Artex Systems Windows: Architectural Windows More than a century ago, urban reformers warning of the perils of congestion and unregulated development pointed to Lower Manhattan as Exhibit A. That the great monuments of the era—notably, the Woolworth Building—appeared to stand aloof from this cacophony even as they contributed to it only hardened calls for change. Later developments attest to the consequences: Skyscrapers, once defiantly individualistic and preening, subsequently subject to zoning mandates and standardized building componentry, entered a phase of disenchantment. With 130 William, a 66-story residential tower in the financial district, Ghanaian British architect David Adjaye wants to re-enchant downtown’s skyline. The structure, darkly glamorous, pays homage to a bygone age of vertiginous dreams. Sensibly set back from William Street, the skyscraper is clad in richly textured precast concrete panels; tilted and tiered, they give the building a serrated profile and, from some angles, the bearing of a ziggu-

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Left: Seemingly endless rows of arches distinguish 130 William from its contemporaries. IVANE K ATAMASHVILI

Above: Titled precast panels, stacked horizontally, give the tower its serrated profile.

Top: Approaching the crown, the arches change orientation, pointing downward. At this penthouse level, the glass recedes to create loggias.


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Case Study

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the molds for the pour. Fabricators smoothed over the arch elements, which protrude from the formwork backing, and laid the metal reinforcements and (hand-bent) rebar in the negative space around the voids. A handful of workers were assigned to pour, vibrate, and trowel the concrete—containing a pigment and black stones and granite chips for aggregate— at which point it was left to cure overnight. Unmolded the following morning, the panels were stood upright and subjected to ensuing rounds of ablutions and touch-ups. Concluding the process, a sealer was applied that, according to McQuade, helps with efflorescence and doesn’t need to be reapplied. The rounded windows, manufactured in Pennsylvania and then shipped up north to the precast plant, were fitted into the 1,100 panels before the integrated units were whisked down to William Street. “I’m really happy we did that,” said McQuade. “Try caulking windows 700 feet up in the air. You might do the first 20 of them right, but as you approach your 100th the quality drops off pretty quickly.” In isolation, the panels exude a smoky lugubriousness, but in situ, under the late-afternoon sun, they become suffused with shades of ocher. An added benefit of the color? Unlike its forebears, 130 William will not easily succumb to the muck and grime circulating in the New York air. In fact, they may very well enhance it. Samuel Medina

ZACH HERTZMAN

IVANE K ATAMASHVILI

Top: The tower’s precast panels were fabricated at a Canadian plant in a process akin to artisinal manufactory that began with custom wooden molds. Following the instruction of the architects, precasters smoothed over the arch element and hand-troweled the backing wall; a two-inch formliner delineates the two textures. Above: The arches slightly protude at an angle and so double as integrated shading devices.


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Products

Ceramics

The Architect’s Newspaper

Increasingly stringent sustainability standards have helped push designers into working with more natural materials. This evolution has proved the viability of renewable resources like timber. A revived interest in ancient materials such as terra-cotta and porcelain has permeated the facades industry to a similar effect. By Adrian Madlener

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TerraClad Boston Valley Terra Cotta

Designed to work with flush surface textures, the new NeXclad True terra-cotta cladding solution by Terreal North America is a small but durable module. The tile comes in 14- and 16-inch variants and a variety of colors and can be either applied directly to an exterior wall or integrated into a rainscreen system.

Boston Valley Terra Cotta’s flagship TerraClad rainscreen system offers a ship-lapped alternative to comparable products. Incorporated open joints help shield internal enclosures from wind-driven rain and snow while allowing an even, filtered airflow. The manufacturer’s adjoining aluminum framing system reduces wind-induced rattling due to thermal expansion.

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Longoton Shildan Group

ABKSTONE Ceramics of Italy

Ideal for either rainscreen or curtain wall applications, Shildan Group’s Longoton 10-foot-long terra-cotta panels feature custom profiles and are available in an array of glazing options.

As one of the largest porcelain facade tiles available on the market, ABKSTONE comes in 5-by-10-foot panels. This Ceramics of Italy product is manufactured to withstand extreme weather through the use of a proprietary dry compaction technique and the latest generation of kilns. The slabs are available in a wide variety of styles that resemble marble, stone, concrete, metal, or wood.

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NBK nbkterracotta.com

Concrete

Porcelanosa porcelanosa-usa.com

Fabcon fabconprecast.com

Ludowici-Terreal ludowici.com

Gate Precast gateprecast.com

Rieder rieder.cc

High Concrete highconcrete.com

Shildan shildan.com

TAKTL taktl-llc.com

SwissPearl swisspearl.com

ZACH HERTZMAN

Coatings

Contractors, Consultants, & Fabricators

AkzoNobel akzonobel.com

AKRF Engineering akrf.com

Axalta axalta.com

Arbib Construction arbibconstruction.com

Behr behr.com

Benson Industries bensonglobal.com

Benjamin Moore benjaminmoore.com

Enclos enclos.com

Minerals Technologies (CETCO) mineralstech.com

Eventscape eventscape.com

Eastman eastman.com

Gilsanz Murray Steficek gmsllp.com

Fabcon fabconprecast.com

Harmon harmoninc.com

PPG ppg.com

Island Exterior Fabricators islandef.com

Sherwin-Williams sherwin-williams.com

MG McGrath mgmcgrath.com

Valspar valspar.com

Permasteelisa Group permasteelisagroup.com

Barriers & Sealants

Sika usa.sika.com

3M 3m.com

Sto Corp. stocorp.com

475 High Performance Building Supply foursevenfive.com

Tremco tremcosealants.com

Composites

Dörken dorken.com

USG usg.com

Abet Laminati abetlaminati.com

DuPont dupont.com Georgia-Pacific gp.com Henry henry.com

Ceramics & Stone Agrob Buchtal agrob-buchtal.de/en

Huber Engineered Woods huberwood.com

Boston Valley bostonvalley.com

Johns Manville jm.com

Ceramics of Italy ceramica.info

Kryton kryton.com

Eastern Exterior Wall Systems eews.com

LP Building Solutions lpcorp.com

Fiandre granitifiandre.com

Poly Wall poly-wall.com

Florim florim.com

Rockwool rockwool.com

Marmi Faedo marmifaedo.com

Corian corian.com FunderMax fundermax.at James Hardie jameshardie.com Neolith neolith.com Northern Facades northernfacades.com

Petersen Tegl en.petersen-tegl.dk Roschmann Group roschmann.group RWDI rwdi.com Studio NYL studionyl.com Walter P. Moore walterpmoore.com Walters & Wolf waltersandwolf.com W&W Glass wwglass.com

Sound Solutions soundsolutionsinc.com

Fabric

STENI steni.com

Bemo bemousa.com

Swisspearl swisspearl.com

Birdair birdair.com

TerraCORE Panels terracorrepanels.com

EFCO efcocorp.com


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Structurflex structurflex.com

Tubelite tubeliteinc.com

Vector Foiltec vector-foiltec.com

Ventana ventana.vc

Glass & Curtain Walls AGNORA agnora.com Azon azonintl.com Bendheim bendheim.com

Viracon viracon.com Vitro vitro.com YKK AP ykkap.com

Green Solutions

Erie Architectural Products erieap.com

greenscreen greenscreen.com

GAMCO gamcocorp.com

GSky gsky.com

General Glass International (GGI) generalglass.com

Jakob Rope Systems jakob-usa.com

Glasswerks glasswerks.com

Omni Ecosystems omniecosystems.com

Guardian Glass guardianglass.com Ipswich Bay Glass ibglass.com J.E. Berkowitz jeberkowitz.com Kawneer kawneer.com Kinestral kinestral.com NorthGlass northglass.global Old Castle BuildingEnvelope obe.com Pilkington pilkington.com Pulp Studio pulpstudio.com Safti First safti.com SageGlass sageglass.com Saint-Gobain saint-gobain-northamerica.com Schüco schueco.com sedak sedak.com Tecnoglass tecnoglass.com Trosifol trosifol.com

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View view.com

C.R. Laurence crlaurence.com

Graham Architectural Products grahamwindows.com

Resources

Metals Alcoa alcoa.com ALPOLIC alpolic-americas.com ALUCOIL alucoil.com Aluflam aluflam-usa.com Alumil alumil.com Bunting Architectural Metals buntingarchitecturalmetals.com Cambridge Architectural cambridgearchitectural.com Cascade Architectural cascade-architectural.com CENTRIA centria.com CL-Talon cltalon.com Crown Corr crowncorr.com DBM Vircon dbmvircon.com Dri-Design dri-design.com GKD Metal Fabrics gkdmetalfabrics.com HAVER & BOECKER haverusa.com Kingspan kingspan.com

WILL FEMIA

KME kme.com

Timber

Lorin lorin.com

Accoya accoya.com

Metalwërks metalwerksusa.com

binderholz binderholz.com/en-us/

Metl-Span metlspan.com

Delta Millworks deltamillworks.com

Móz mozdesigns.com

Kebony us.kebony.com

Northern Facades northernfacades.com

KLH klh.at

Northern Manufacturing northernmfg.com

Lunawood lunawood.com

POHL pohl-facades.com

Montana Timber Products montanatimberproducts.com

Pure + Freeform purefreeform.com

Nakamoto Forestry nakamotoforestry.com

Renson renson-outdoor.com

Prodema prodema.com

Rigidized Metals rigidized.com

reSAWN TIMBER co. resawntimberco.com

Sapa sapabuildingsystem.com

Rosboro rosboro.com

Spectrum Metal Finishing spectrummetal.com

Sierra Pacific Industries spi-ind.com

Zahner azahner.com

Technowood mytechnowood.com Thermory thermoryusa.com


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Go with the Flow Windows & Walls

Case Study Special Section

The 2021 Architect’s Newspaper Fall

ERIC L AIGNEL

Operable window and wall products are the stars of this month’s special section. Opening up facades, large or small, these solutions solidify aesthetic visions and help create healthier environments. Highly engineered materials, streamlined fittings, and concealed hardware ensure that we can construct buildings capable of adapting to changing weather patterns, filtering in fresh airflow, and providing efficient thermal barriers when necessary. Inside, new partition and acoustic products render shared spaces more comfortable and hygienic. By Adrian Madlener


Sophia™ PANEL ©2021 modularArts, Inc. U.S.

Dune™ PANEL ©2003 modularArts, Inc. U.S.

Ansel™ PANEL ©2021 modularArts, Inc. U.S.

Hive™ BLOCK ©2012 modularArts, Inc. U.S. Patent 8,375,665

SaoPaulo™ TILE ©2010 modularArts, Inc.

Apollo™ BLOCK ©2011 modularArts, Inc. U.S. Patent 8,375,665

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Case Study

The Architect’s Newspaper

The Lantern House

Design architect: Heatherwick Studio Architect of record: SLCE General contractor: Related Construction Facade engineer: Gilsanz Murray Steficek Structural engineer: DeSimone Consulting Engineers Facade fabricator: New Hudson Facades Lobby structure and facade fabricator: Cimolai Custom brick manufacturer: Taylor Clay Products Glazing manufacturer: AGC Interpane Powder coating manufacturer: AkzoNobel Operable window frames: Metra New York City’s High Line is no stranger to development. Since first opening in 2009, the elevated railway–turned–public park has spurred a building frenzy on Manhattan’s Far West Side, much of it architecturally meager. Straddling the High Line today—several years after its third and final stretch was inaugurated—are gleaming glass stalactites, anonymous in their bearing and lacking in contextual motifs and textures. A newcomer aims to buck the trend, riffing on turn-of-the-century imagery and materials to interesting, if slightly goofy, effect. Designed by Heatherwick Studio and architect of record SLCE for developer Related Companies, the Lantern House feels heftier than its glass-and-steel neighbors. That’s due to its piers and spandrels of light-gray brick, manufactured by Taylor Clay in an artisanal process. Surface area is afforded by the volley of bulbous two-story bay windows, whose resemblance to chintzy maritime luminaires gives the 277,000-square-foot project its name. The residence actually comprises two towers of different heights, bisected by the High Line: the west tower on 10th Avenue reaches ten stories, whereas its counterpart to the east, located midblock, climbs to 21. They are connected at street level by a glass-andsteel pavilion that swoops under the viaduct, its interior pierced by bolt-studded railway columns. “Much like a hammock, the hanging

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Case Study

Fall 2021

lobby structure is subject to substantial movement,” said Heatherwick Studio associate and site architect Carlos Parraga-Botero—movement that could have threatened the integrity of the glazing below. Steel manufacturer Cimolai developed an innovative “pinned” glazing head detail that allows for large movements in multiple directions. Poured concrete and pretensioned concrete floor plates do the heavy lifting in the towers, whose relatively straightforward structural grid is picked up by a variegated brick rainscreen. But the principal stylistic element of the Lantern House’s facade is the projecting bay windows, which, in their three-dimensional form and coppery trim, also recall glazed transoms found at the stern of an erstwhile barque or schooner. And perhaps that is the better point of reference: the substantial radius of the bay windows provides sweeping vistas of both the city and the formerly commercial waterfront. New Hudson Facades, a custom architectural facade maker owned by Related Companies, fabricated the bespoke curtain wall components at its 180,000-square-foot facility in Linwood, Pennsylvania. “There are four window types based on their width—6 feet 1 inch, 8 feet 10 inches, and 14 feet, 15 inches—and six categories based on their height and location,” said Parraga-Botero. AGC Interpane, the European glass manufacturer, produced and assembled the low-iron glazing at its facility just outside Munich, Germany. All the glazing for the bays is heat strengthened, argon-filled, and treated with a triple-silver ipasol coating. The central canted windowpanes of the bays are awning operable elements produced by Metra, and those located at the spandrels consist of shadow box glazing to conceal the floor plate. Sumptuous recessed bronze surrounds frame each glazed bay. Aggregated vertically, they seem to chafe at the brick piers that hem them in. They threaten to burst out of the grid, and in that sense they bring to mind yet another, more explosive visual metaphor: a grenade. Matthew Marani

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Facing page, top: The Lantern House is bisected by the High Line, and is composed of two separate towers connected at ground level. Facing page, bottom: The bay windows are mostly double-height and protrude from the structural grid. Panels at the floor plate deploy shadow glass to conceal the spandrel. Above: Bronze-colored powder coating provide luster to the recessed window surrounds and frames. Right: The variegated bricks act as a rainscreen and outline the structural form of the towers.

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Windows

Products

The Architect’s Newspaper

Blending materials to harness the best attributes of each allows manufacturers to create dynamic products. Precision-engineered composite cladding provides the AEC design community with flexibility and room for customization. The following selections demonstrate how the qualities of natural stone and cement can be combined with synthetic elements to achieve new levels of durability and aesthetic cohesion. By Adrian Madlener

MODULAR Goldbrecht

Skycove Marvin

With one of the slimmest profiles on the market today, the new Goldbrecht MODULAR outswing system was engineered to complement the brand’s signature Invisible Wall. The product is available in casement and awning variants, which allow architects to create even more connected indoor and outdoor spaces.

Designed to be a cozy place for small gatherings, the Marvin Skycove is an immersive glass alcove that extends from any dormer window or roof. Its steel structure and integrated bench can safely and comfortably seat one or more people. The glass enclosure extends functional living space by up to 20 square feet and offers homeowners an intimate connection to the outdoors.

goldbrecht-systems.com

marvin.com

Manchester Quaker Residential 100 Series Andersen Windows & Doors The easy-to-install 100 Series window range is manufactured by Andersen Windows & Doors using durable Fibrex reclaimed-wood composite material. Offered in a variety of rich, dark colors, this new line is environmentally friendly and energy efficient. Three ¼-inch insert frame sizes allow fast and easy replacement. andersenwindows.com

A perfect option for residential projects, the Manchester range is energy-efficient and affordable, requiring zero upkeep. The product is manufactured using fusion-welded corners and a thicker vinyl material than most competitors utilize. Manchester is available in several double-hung, casement, picture, awning, and slider variants. quakerwindows.com

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KOVA Windows KOVA Informed by Katerra’s building-science prowess, KOVA Windows meet superior structural, thermal, and acoustic performance ratings. Supported by an optimized end-to-end supply chain, the picture, casement, and horizontal slider range is produced using advanced QA-driven technologies, yet remains one of the more affordable options on the market. kovaproducts.com


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Case Study

The Architect’s Newspaper

Architect: Bo Lee Architects Location: Brooklyn, New York

shares with his wife and children hit a considerable snag when the project contractor was forced to take down the entire back wall to remedy structural issues. This effectively put an end to plans for a spacious L-shaped kitchen with french doors that would lead to the 200-square-foot terrace. Wall-to-wall glass proved an attractive replacement but with one major caveat: the planned kitchen would have to go, and a smaller, galley-style kitchen would take its place. Hand-wringing and heated conversations followed, along with experimentation with virtual reality headsets. Then a compromise emerged: a folding glass window and door system that would allow DiClerico, the chef of

the family, to keep his L-shaped dream kitchen without sacrificing the abundance of natural light provided by wall-to-wall glass, which was crucial for his wife. “It allowed us to have the best of both worlds,” he said. “It’s the masterpiece of the whole renovation.” The NanaWall system, which features a single pass-through window and a trio of folding doors with brass hardware and interior wood frames that complement the historic character of the brownstone, didn’t just satisfy the need for a large light-drenched kitchen. By providing a seamless (not to mention well-insulated) transition between indoors and out-, the NanaWall also allowed the terrace to shine as a popular place for multitasking during quarantine.

Clad in 20-inch ipe tiles from DeckWise, the outdoor terrace acted as the family’s alfresco living room, dining area, yoga zone, and, of course, Zoom backdrop throughout the warmer months of the pandemic. It also serves as a safe open-air venue for the kids’ playdates. “For them to be able to sit outside and have friends over—it’s been a lifesaver,” said DiClerico. “I don’t know what we would have done without it.” “It’s been an absolute savior through the pandemic,” he added. “I sometimes joke, ‘We don’t have a country house, but we have a NanaWall.’ It’s the next best thing.” Matt Hickman

Brooklyn Brownstone Renovation General contractor: DiMattia Design & Construction Folding glass wall system: NanaWall WA67 Kitchen Transition For Brooklyn homeowner Dan DiClerico, an initial bout of uncertainty regarding the fate of the family kitchen as part of a larger renovation project played out as a not-so-small miracle during the pandemic, alleviating much of the cooped-up-ness of life during lockdown. As detailed by DiClerico, the renovation of the Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstone that he

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Top: When open, the NanaWall system allows for a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living spaces.

YUZHU ZHENG PHOTOGR APHY

Above: The spacious remodeled kitchen looks out to the 200-square-foot back terrace.

Left: The particular system is composed of a single passthrough window and three folding glass doors.


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Movable Walls

Products

Fall 2021

Developed as either interior partitions or exterior doors, movable walls can transform a space in a matter of minutes. Seamlessly connecting the indoors and outdoors, large wall-to-ceiling sliding openings offer flexibility and top-of-the-line performance. Interior wall applications can help break up expansive open-plan concepts and establish intimate environments. By Adrian Madlener

Palisades S100 Sliding Door CRL

NW Aluminum 840 NanaWall

Series 7600 Western Window Systems

Featuring CRL’s updated ultra-slim rails and large-scale panels, the new Palisades S100 Sliding Door provides a grand scale with incredible simplicity. Perfect for residential or commercial projects, the system allows expansive views but still delivers on structural and thermal performance. Compatible with CRL’s Palisades S90 bifold door, the new product has a maximum frame height of 13 feet and accommodates panels up to 7 feet wide.

As one of the slimmest and most energy-efficient bifold doors on the market, the reimagined NW Aluminum 840 solution by NanaWall features a Gothic-arch roller system that ensures smooth, high-speed operations. The patented TwinX feature can withstand high winds and conceals the product’s profile to achieve a clean-lined aesthetic.

Characterized by its highly engineered thin profile, Western Window Systems’ flagship Series 7600 multislide door design seamlessly slides or stacks into concealed pockets. The sizable unobstructed low-E and argon-filled dual-pane glass panels achieve energy efficiency in a variety of weather conditions. Series 7600 has one of the greatest ranges of sizes available on the movable wall market.

nanawall.com

crl-arch.com

Vitrocsa Invisible Wall System Goldbrecht

Folding Walls PK-30 System

Installed in a number of high-profile luxury residential and commercial projects, the signature Vitrocsa Invisible Wall System is one of the world’s slimmest. Meeting Florida’s rigorous Dade County Hurricane Impact rating, this product achieves optimal thermal performance while facilitating a flawless indoor-outdoor transition.

Set apart by its low parking-area space requirements and superior quality, the Folding Walls solution by PK-30 System can accommodate panels up to 40 inches wide and 12 feet high. This operable partition wall offers trouble-free and flexible solutions to closing room openings of up to 19 feet-8 inches or 39 feet-4 inches with opposed installations.

goldbrecht-systems.com

pk30system.com

westernwindowsystems.com

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Metal Door Raydoor The new Metal Door product by Raydoor is lightweight and durable. Perfect for any interior setting, this new opening solution comes in a wide array of powder-coated finishes and turnkey variations. Incorporating the company’s trademark attributes of no floor tracking and adaptablity, the Metal Door can be fitted in several ways, including a central pivot. raydoor.com


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Wall Paneling

Products

The Architect’s Newspaper

Whether installed to revive an interior or to create an acoustic buffer, wall paneling is a simple and inexpensive solution that can have a significant impact. Three-dimensional textures and geometric patterns can help break up the aesthetic monotony of a space while adding depth and warmth. The latest offerings of modular and custom applications reflect new trends and technological advancements and, most importantly, are flexible. By Adrian Madlener

M.R. Walls Corian

PalmTheory Smith & Fong Durapalm

Developed with designer Mario Romano, Corian’s signature M.R. Walls collection of multidimensional panels demonstrates the full dynamism of the manufacturer’s proprietary material. Inspired by the patterns and rhythms of nature, these carved elements are custom-fitted without any visible seams. Bound together, they protect against mold, viruses, and bacteria.

The new PalmTheory wall panel collection by Smith & Fong is characterized by a pattern of isosceles triangles organized around four grain directions. Available in eight configurable geometric designs, the warm and refined range is perfect for commercial or hospitality spaces.

corian.com/m-r-walls

AuralScapes ModularArts

durapalm.com

The new AuralScapes acoustic wall panels come in four undulating 3D configurations that reflect natural topographies. The lattice structural system incorporates rigid PET felt baffles and parabolic ridged gypsum boards to achieve maximum sound absorption. These modular elements can be easily installed and customized for accurate alignment. modulararts.com

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WoodWorks Grille Armstrong Ceiling and Wall Solutions

Armstrong Ceiling and Wall Ceilings custom WoodWorks Grille wall solutions draw from the best qualities of the lattice and slat structure ceiling product. The deeply textured panelized system can be cut and shaped in endless ways to depict a specific pattern or even a company logo. Available in white, maple, light, dark, and walnut variants, WoodWorks Grille adds depth and texture to any environment. armstrongceilings.com

Blendz Patina Collection Móz Designs

VETRITE Pulp Studio

Available in 11 new earth-toned colorways, the Blendz Patina Collection by Móz Designs brings a natural timeworn aesthetic to any interior. The sleek, lightweight metal panels are crafted from recycled solid-core aluminum and made to withstand disinfectants. The new copper-hued, deep forest-green, and moody gray variants pair well with wood, steel, and concrete.

Developed in partnership with the legendary Italian SICIS Factory, the new VETRITE collection by Pulp Studio imbues any interior surface, including walls, with richly textured and adorned glass. These large-format panels incorporate an artful combination of color, metal, and texture. Scratch-resistant and durable, VETRITE requires no waterproofing.

mozdesigns.com

pulpstudio.com


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Hardware

Products

Fall 2021

Operable windows and walls would be nothing if it weren’t for the handles, pulls, knobs, and hinges that ensure their functionality. The latest hardware products not only champion a heightened ease of use and achieve new levels of performance but also provide aesthetic continuity. Some elements are even disguised, seamlessly integrated within fitting systems. By Adrian Madlener

Easy-Slide Operator Pella

AvanTec SimplySmart Schüco

A game changer in how casement and awning windows are opened, the new Easy-Slide Operator by Pella replaces the need for traditional cranks and instead incorporates a more streamlined and intuitive up-and-down function to operate. This new product, fitted into a wide range of Pella openings, was designed to people of any age or physical ability.

Engineered to be fully concealed within a range of Schüco window products, the new AvanTec SimplySmart hinge achieves a 180-degree opening and a 90-degree design. The small but effective product requires almost no tools for installation and can carry up to 250 kilograms in vent weight for side-hung windows and 200 kilograms for turn/tilt windows.

pella.com

schueco.com

Multipoint Window Set with L-54 Lever 3 Sun Valley Bronze

Designed with Sun Valley Bronze’s signature precision machining and superior quality, the new Multipoint Window Set with L-54 Lever 3 is a streamlined product that allows users to effortlessly open and close awning windows with a secure locking mechanism. Cast using the finest-grade bronze, this set was designed for longevity. sunvalleybronze.com

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20" Minneapolis Handleset Baldwin Responding to the increased desire for oversize doors and floor-to-ceiling movable walls, the new 20-inch Minneapolis handleset by Baldwin is a statement piece. The integrated handle and the lock’s elongated 20-inch escutcheon provide a slim, graceful fit. The product comes in a wide range of colors and finishes such as Polished Brass and Oil Rubbed Bronze. baldwinhardware.com

Z078 Flush Pull Schwinn

Casement Adjuster CA12 Rocky Mountain Hardware

Newly available in satin nickel, Z078 Flush Pull by Schwinn seamlessly integrates into any sliding door or movable wall while still maneuvering smoothly. The Z078 Flush Pull’s semirectilinear zamak profile ensures its durability.

The decorative Casement Adjuster CA12 by Rocky Mountain Hardware is meticulously crafted in a Silicon Bronze Medium finish and allows users to manually adjust window apertures. This product comes in various sizes including 10 13/16-inches, 8 7/8-inches, 12 13/16-inches, and 20 7/8-inches, allowing for maximum range and flexibility.

schwinn-group.com

rockymountainhardware.com


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Resources

Resources

Acoustics & Walls 3form 3-form.com Agrob Buchtal agrob-buchtal.de Allsteel allsteeloffice.com Alpolic alpolic-americas.com Arktura arktura.com Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Solutions armstrongceilings.com Artemide artemide.com Cardinal hmicardinal.com CARVART carvart.com Ceco Door cecodoor.com Clarus clarus.com DIRTT dirtt.net Fabcon fabconprecast.com Framery frameryacoustics.com COURTESY HEATHERWICK STUDIO

Haworth haworth.com Herman Miller hermanmiller.com Hufcor hufcor.com Loftwall loftwall.com Nienkämper nienkamper.com

Baldwin Hardware baldwinhardware.com Bronze Craft Corporation bronzecraft.com FritsJurgens fritsjurgens.com Häfele hafele.com Halliday + Baillie hallidaybaillie.com Kwikset kwikset.com Lowe Hardware lowe-hardware.com Mitsubishi Electric mitsubishielectric.com Norton Door Controls nortondoorcontrols.com OMNIA Industries omniaindustries.com Rocky Mountain Hardware rockymountainhardware.com SARGENT sargentlock.com Schüco schueco.com Schwinn schwinn-group.com Standard Bent Glass standardbent.com Sugatsune sugatsune.com Sun Valley Bronze sunvalleybronze.com Unison Hardware unisonhardware.com Yale yalecommercial.com

Poppin poppin.com

Sliding Systems & Doors

Teknion teknion.com

Anyway Doors anywaydoors.be

Uhuru Design uhurudesign.com

Boon Edam United States boonedam.us

Unika Vaev unikavaev.com

Boral North America boralamerica.com

Hardware Accurate Lock and Hardware accuratelockandhardware.com ASSA ABLOY assaabloy.com

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Autoslide Automatic Doors by EVO autoslidebyevo.com

Brombal discoverbrombal.com Broten broten.com C.H.I. Overhead Doors chiohd.com CRL crlaurence.com Crown Doors crowndoors.com


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Resources

Fall 2021

dormakaba dormakaba.com Dri-Design dri-design.com Euro-Wall Systems euro-wall.com Goldbrecht goldbrecht-systems.com Hawa Sliding Solutions hawa.com JELD-WEN jeld-wen.com Krownlab krownlab.com LaCantina Doors lacantinadoors.com Lualdi lualdiporte.com Modernfold modernfold.com Modular Arts modulararts.com NanaWall nanawall.com Orangebox orangebox.com panoramah! panoramah.com Pirnar Doors pirnardoors.com PK-30 System pk30system.com Plexi-Craft plexi-craft.com Ply Gem Residential Solutions plygem.com Raydoor raydoor.com Reveal Windows & Doors revealwd.com

COURTESY CORIAN

Weather Shield weathershield.com

GAMCO gamcocorp.com

Quaker Windows quakerwindows.com

WinDoor windoorinc.com

GGI generalglass.com

Reflection Window + Wall reflectionwindow.com

Guardian Glass guardianglass.com

Skyline Windows skylinewindows.com

Kalwall kalwall.com

Superior Windows & Doors swdimports.com

Katerra katerra.com

TGP fireglass.com

Kawneer kawneer.com

Tubelite tubeliteinc.com

Libart USA libartusa.com

Viracon viracon.com

Marvin marvin.com

Vitro Architectural Glass vitroglazings.com

MI Windows and Doors miwindows.com

Walker Glass walkerglass.com

Móz Designs mozdesigns.com

Wausau Window and Wall Systems wausauwindow.com

Pella pella.com

Western Window Systems westernwindowsystems.com

Plyboo plyboo.com

YKK AP America ykkap.com

Pulp Studio pulpstudio.com

Zola z zolawindows.com

Windows Accoya accoya.com

Reynaers Aluminum reynaers.com

Andersen andersenwindows.com

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Case Study Special Section

The 2021 Architect’s Newspaper Fall

Alchemic Glass JARED CHULSKI

Air, fire, sand. These elements are brought together in precise ways to create a clear, translucent solid we call glass. This everyday magical material, a human production since ancient times, is so ubiquitous in contemporary life as to be nearly invisible—until it performs in a way we don’t expect. At the cutting edge of the AEC design community, glass is now being used to accomplish unforeseen structural feats, attain the most rigorous energy consumption standards, and even provide fire protection. Our annual glass supplement peers into the latest innovations in glass architecture through case studies from across the globe. From a Yale University incubator and a renovated office block in Paris that masterfully incorporate structural curved glass walls, to a New York memorial that uses custom-printed glass to commemorate hurricane victims, it’s clear that this material is capable of so much more than looking through. Our survey of new and improved products available to the North American market includes everything from highly engineered insulated units to haptic decorative elements and hyperfunctional sealants. By Adrian Madlener


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Feature

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Curved reflections

Advances in the manufacturing and treatment of float glass are enabling ever more flexible, ethereal facade expressions. Matthew Marani Up until the mid-20th century, the incorporation of glazing into any project was an exorbitantly expensive decision and potentially fraught with error due to the irregularity of manufacturing processes. The development of float glass through the Pilkington process, which can be roughly described as rolling

molten glass over a tin bath, has enabled continually growing limits in glass sheet dimensions. Advances in the manufacturing process have occurred in conjunction with developments in treatments—such as annealing, lamination, fritting, and employing interlayers—that promise greater geometrical flexibility

Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale Weiss/Manfredi

and aesthetic customization. The growth in capabilities of both manufacturing and treatment is now coming to fruition globally and across building scales in the form of ever more ambitious curved glass facades.

Denver Art Museum Welcome Center Machado Silvetti & Fentress Architects

ERIC STEPHENSON/COURTESY THE DENVER ART MUSEUM

ALBERT VECERK A /ESTO

The Tsai CITY at Yale features 22-foot-tall mullionless structural glass panels. Weiss/Manfredi’s Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale (Tsai CITY) is one such project currently pushing the boundaries of largescale curved structural glass. The cross-disciplinary hub is located on a formerly forlorn concrete courtyard sandwiched between Marcel Breuer’s Brutalist Becton Engineering and Applied Science Center and the Neo-Tudor dean’s office. To magnify the context and conform to a narrow site, the architects opted for an elliptical plan enclosed with 72 convex-and-concave structural glass panels. The geometry of the curved panels was developed in collaboration with facade consultant Front, which helped create a Grasshopper script capable of toggling radii of the panels at different positions along the ellipse, and Weiss/Manfredi further utilized the script to generate digital models for curvature analysis. “The elliptical geometry posed a challenge; a circular geometry is easy to divide into equal panels because the radius is consistent but the curvature of an ellipse changes continuously, so it needed to be simplified into a series of four different arcs,” said Weiss/Manfredi cofounders Marion Weiss and Michael

Manfredi. “The four arcs allowed the ellipse to be divided into consistent panels that are approximately 5 feet wide, which minimized the variation in panel sizes.” Each of the panels is also approximately 22 feet tall and has an 8-foot radius; those at the ends of the ellipse were adjusted by several feet to maintain a constant sinusoidal wave. Chinese manufacturer NorthGlass, which has developed global expertise in this area, produced the glass for the project, and Weiss/ Manfredi and Front visited its Tianjin facility to verify tolerances and edge flatness, among other characteristics, prior to shipment to the United States. Connecticut-based facade contractor Fabbrica fabricated the facade system and produced 4-foot-tall mock-ups for review by the design team. Notably, the curvature of the individual panels provides sufficient lateral stability to avoid the use of mullions or girts. Each panel weighs several hundred pounds, and they were craned over the tops of surrounding buildings to be dead loaded onto curtain wall anchors and a curved metal channel; a similar channel ring is deployed at the roofline.

JAMES FLORIO PHOTOGR APHY/COURTESY THE DENVER ART MUSEUM

At the Denver Art Museum Welcome Center (top, above), Machado Silvetti and Fentress Architects deployed scalloped structural glass panels vertically supported by triple-laminated low-iron glass. In 2016, Machado Silvetti and Fentress Architects were selected to lead the renovation of Gio Ponti’s iconic North Building at the Denver Art Museum, as well as the construction of an entirely new welcome center to bridge museum’s campus (it also includes a Daniel Libeskind addition next door) and the surrounding Civic Center area. That brief informed the design concept for the welcome center: an elliptical pavilion enclosed with a scalloped structural glass curtain wall. Multiple rounds of conversation with fabricators and installers ultimately proved the feasibility of the design concept, and Sentech Architectural Systems along with Harmon were brought onto the project to put all the pieces together. Prior to construction, Sentech Architectural Systems produced full-scale mock-ups of the panels to test the plan prior to installation. Additionally, the mock-ups were subjected to

strenuous weather testing, as well as exposed to vertical and lateral structural loads. Both informed revisions of the finalized design. The panels measure 8 feet wide and 25 feet tall and have a curve radius of 10 feet. Most of the panels weigh approximately 3,200 pounds, and they were craned into position by a custom-designed suction cup lifter and mounted on the facade system of stainless-steel angles. In lieu of view-hampering mullions, the curved panels are vertically supported by triple-laminated low-iron glass fins and are tied back to the primary steel through custom stainless-steel fittings. The bottom pins of the fins support the entire dead load of the glass, while the connection at the roof provides lateral support and permits the roof to deflect up to one and a half inches under snow loads and to drift from side to side by up to two inches to accommodate wind loads.


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Case Study

Pendry Manhattan West SOM

Fall 2021

La Samaritaine, Paris SANAA

JARED CHULSKI

In Paris, SANAA developed a wavy glass screen wall that is suspended off the primary structure.

LUCAS BL AIR SIMPSON/COURTESY SOM

The Pendry’s unitized curtain wall system incorporates curved glass and black granite spandrels. In New York, a similar trend is underway. SOM’s Pendry Manhattan West is one of the towers rising adjacent to the Hudson Yards megadevelopment in Brookfield’s Manhattan West, and in contrast to its surrounding rectilinear peers, it is clad with a unitized curtain wall system of curved glass framed by ribbons of black granite spandrels. A principal goal of the project’s facade design was the elimination of unnecessary variables to establish both a streamlined design and a relatively straightforward installation process. In collaboration with Front, the design team opted for just three radius types around which the glass is bent. The tight radius for the curved glass, which is just under 5 feet, presented a challenge from a visual perspective due to distortion; highly transparent glass with shadow boxes at the spandrels, or a reflective glass coating, would have disrupted the intended uniformity of the facade. Ultimately, SOM selected a 5/16-inch tinted outer glass substrate that lessens the visual jump between

concave and convex surfaces. A greater performative challenge was found in the fabrication of the facade system’s aluminum extrusions, where minor tolerance issues could cause significant weatherproofing problems. “To avoid those issues, a specialized curving process was utilized,” explained SOM associate director Christoph Timm. “First, the straight aluminum extrusions were encapsulated in oversized aluminum sacrificial tubes, and the remaining voids were filled with a low-temperature-melting metal alloy. After the standard three-roller bending process, the assemblies were submerged in near-boiling water and the low-temperature infill metal was melted away. The outer sacrificial tubes were then discarded, and the curved aluminum extrusions were finally sanded down and coated.” The black granite stone was quarried in Quebec by A. Lacroix Granit, and it was structurally tested to determine how thin each panel could be cut prior to being directly framed into each curtain wall unit.

The use of curved glass is not particular to the United States; if anything, experimentation abroad plays a crucial role in the growing adoption of the material here. Over the past decade, Japanese firm SANAA has led the way in this regard with high-profile projects such as the Rolex Learning Centre, Louvre-Lens, and Grace Farms. More recently, the firm wrapped up a comprehensive overhaul of La Samaritaine department store in Paris for luxury goods company LVMH, and the project includes an entirely new structure enshrouded in a curtain of undulating and fritted glazing. The project is located on Paris’s Rue de Rivoli, a storied commercial stretch largely composed of arcaded masonry buildings and symmetrical glazing bays. “The curves themselves were defined by analyzing the fenestration along the Rue de Rivoli: we assessed the patterns of neighboring fenestration and translated those rhythms into curves,” noted SANAA partner Lucy Styles. “We then developed 23 different curved panels along the length of the wave facade, and our intention was to create the impression of a continuous free-curve, all the while optimizing the number of variations in geometry.” Spanish manufacturer Cricursa produced

the undulating glass panels, which are of two sizes: approximately 11 feet or 14 feet tall, both nearly 8 feet wide. The curved panels form the outermost layer of the enclosure system, designed by German fabricator Frener & Reifer, and they are held at four points by stainless-steel brackets. Backing the curved glass is a secondary skin of flat glass heavily fritted with a white dot matrix screen print that can pivot to provide cleaning access. The innermost layer is composed of triple-glazed panels that bring the building up to the area’s stringent fire rating standards. “The facade design was driven by a synthesis of various parameters: we addressed environmental demands through the layered use of serigraphy; visual demands by means of introducing a gradient to this serigraphy; fire regulations by separating the facade into a series of layers, the innermost layer being firebreak and alleviating the demands on the wave facade itself,” Styles said. “The greatest challenge was finding a balance between these many forces while maintaining the impression of an ethereal veil.”


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Insulated Glass

Products

The Architect’s Newspaper

Increasing the thermal performance of a window or complete curtain wall system, insulated glass units (IGUs) reduce heat gain in warmer seasons while retaining more during colder periods. The following offerings improve on the standard to meet today’s increasingly strict requirements. By Adrian Madlener

Heat Mirror IG Eastman

Iplus 3C AGC Interpane

By securing a uniquely engineered film between two panes of glass, the Heat Mirror IG insulates as a solid wall does. Eastman’s patented Heat Mirror technology can have an R-value of up to 20, making it suitable for use across a wide range of projects.

Comprising three panes of thermal insulation glass, the Iplus 3C easily outperforms older, uncoated alternatives and Ug-values down to 0.5 W/(m²K), which helps minimize heat loss. This low–E glass product hits the mark in terms of both performance and aesthetics.

eastman.com

interpane.com

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Insulated Glass GGI

XL Edge Glass Cardinal

Insulpour Thermal Entrances Kawneer

In line with the latest trends, GGI’s Insulated Glass comes in double- and triple-glazing variants. A dual-sealed version—ideal for commercial use—features Super Spacer T-Spacer warm edge technology as well as air- and argon gas–filled options to ensure greater indoor comfort.

These durable Cardinal IGUs meet the most exacting industry demands by incorporating two seals and a thin stainless steel desiccant gauge spacer. Filled with argon gas, the IGU leaves absolutely no way for heat to escape. Additionally, it greatly reduces unsightly condensation beading.

Fitted out in 250T narrow, 350T medium, and 500T wide stile variants, Kawneer’s Insulpour Thermal Entrances achieve an optimal thermal break. The robust door-and-frame system features a new three-pane composition and can accommodate a wide variety of hardware.

generalglass.com

cardinalcorp.com

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Decorative Glass

Products

Fall 2021

Function isn’t all there is to glass. Used to make a statement, express a mood, or match an aesthetic, these customized or serial-produced glass components add depth, detail, and texture to otherwise bland expanses or backdrops. By Adrian Madlener

Josiah J Nathan Allan Glass Studios

Textured Glass Bendheim

Creanza Cristacurva

Crafted by Nathan Allan artists and suitable for multiple applications, the Josiah J collection offers deeply textured cast architectural glass patterns with evocative names (Molten, Thick, Iceberg) to match. In addition to texture, the series offers boldly rendered colors, including the iridescent hues of the Fusion series.

Bendheim’s Textured Glass collection of partition and wall surfaces allows designers to mix and match textures or customize material attributes (like adding a mirror interlayer or back-painting). In addition, the product can be mounted using the manufacturer’s proprietary TurnKey, Wall-LH, and Wall-F systems.

Pitched at the high-end interior market, Cristacurva’s Creanza family of decorative glass products offers endless opportunity for customization. Users can realize their designs in glass by means of printing, silk-screening, interlaying, etching, and more.

nathanallan.com

bendheim.com

cirstacurva.com

Textures Walker Glass The Textures collection relies on acid-etched glass to withstand years of use and exposure. The durable material comes in four different opacities, including translucent satin, and as many tints, including an elegant bronze. walkerglass.com

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DermaGlass Pulp Studio

Tapestry Lasvit

With a thickness comparable to that of a dime, products in the new DermaGlass range from Pulp Studio are more durable than they look. The malleable heat-treated glass can be used to cover and even wrap various architectural elements and is available in a wide variety of finishes and colorways.

The new Tapestry art wall connection draws on the rich tradition and craftsmanship of Czech glassblowing. The modular striped, draped, and grid components can be fastened together with flexible metal anchoring solutions.

pulpstudio.com

lasvit.com


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Case Study

The Architect’s Newspaper

Columbia Business School

Architects: Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with FXCollaborative Construction Manager: Turner Construction Exterior Enclosure Contractor: W&W Glass Curtain Wall: AZA-INT Corporation Glass: Sedak Glass, AGC Interpane Glass Germany, Cricursa Spain, Pilkington Glass GFRG: IDA Exterior Systems and DKI/David Kucera Inc.–GFRG Doors: Ellison doors and Crane revolving doors Facade Consultant: Arup

TIMOTHY SCHENCK

TIMOTHY SCHENCK

Top: Columbia Business School’s new Manhattanville digs span approximately 490,000 square feet across two buildings, Henry R. Kravis Hall (pictured) and the East Building.

Left: Construction is underway at Kravis Hall. The design of the facade highlights the intewoven program and exploded structural core.

TIMOTHY SCHENCK

Right: Alternating bands of transparent glass and fritted glass correspond to the building’s various academic and social zones.

Columbia University’s Manhattanville Campus expansion has ushered in a crystalline district of glass-clad buildings amid the masonry vernacular architecture of Harlem. The latest additions to the 17-acre, $6.3 billion campus, which was master planned by SOM, are two buildings designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) in collaboration with FXCollaborative that provide a new home for the Columbia Business School. Set to open in early 2022, Henry R. Kravis Hall and the East Building rise 11 and 8 stories respectively and provide 492,000 square feet of classrooms, public space, and faculty offices. The buildings, which are connected by a public plaza designed by James Corner Field Operations, are more fraternal twins than mirror images. The Kravis facade translates the alternating stack of program by denoting faculty offices with frosted frit glass and student space with clear glass walls that are inset from the edge of the floor plate. The glass envelope of the East Building, on the other hand, is treated with a gradient from opaque to transparent—each panel having a bespoke and carefully calculated frit pattern. In both buildings, GFRG slabs slice through the mineral textures of the frit, breaking up the massing. By making the circulation visible from the outside, the architects play on notions of openness in answer to many local residents’ expressed views that the new campus is an unwelcome encroachment on their neighborhood. “We were tasked very clearly from the start to make sure that everyone felt like they owned both buildings, that it wasn’t the ivory tower model,” said Miles Nelligan, associate principal, DS+R. This idea carries through to the relatively column-free interiors of the student spaces in Kravis Hall, which are supported by box trusses that comprise the faculty offices and by 28-foot-tall glass panels that span three levels at a stretch, allowing deep views into the heart of the structure. This model of weaving transparent and translucent elements evolved directly from the Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center, which DS+R completed for Columbia’s medical campus in 2016. The business school, however, showcases an advance in glass technology. The 28-foot panels were achieved through close collaboration with Arup. Chimeric mock-ups were made, re-creating many of the conditions of the design­— edge masking, frit, gaskets, and broken trusses—to not only perfect the movement of the glass but also coordinate with Turner Construction and the many international manufacturers involved. The success of these buildings will ultimately be seen in the collaborative pedagogy and high-tech innovation that is expected to arise from the school. In the meantime, they will likely inform further experiments in translucency/transparency as phase 2 of the Manhattanville expansion commences. Katie Angen


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Case Study

Case Studies in Brief

The Architect’s Newspaper

Hurricane Maria Memorial New York, New York

Architect: Segundo Cardona Artist: Antonio Martorell Designer: Pulp Studio Product: Pulp Studio Custom Printed Glass My Cry into the World, a new art installation at the Hurricane Maria Memorial in Battery Park City, honors the victims of the Category 5 hurricane that struck Puerto Rico in 2017. Designed by Pulp Studio, the memorial features monumental glass walls ascending to 16 feet, their curvilinear shape echoing the whipping winds of a tropical storm. The glass was manufactured through

Pulp Studio’s D2G process for ceramic application, where high-resolution images are fired onto each pane of glass using brightly colored ceramic inks. The glass is then bent, laminated, and tempered before being installed on-site. When exposed to sunlight, the glass casts vivid blue, orange, and red beams onto the site. Colors seem to flow from the sculpture like streams of fire, rain, and tears. Text by Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos is superimposed on the imagery, adding to the overall effect: The organic shape of the calligraphy nods to the island’s rolling hills and natural landscape.

KEVIN P. COUGHLIN/COURTESY STATE OF NEW YORK

Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement St. Petersburg, Florida

Architect: Alfonso Architects Contractor: Gilbane Building Company Fabricators: Cristacurva Glaziers: AMG and MG McGrath Manufacturer: Guardian Glass Products: Guardian SunGuard SNX 51/23 Coated UltraClear Glass The new Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement mingles textures and hues in a way that draws on the stylings of the eclectic collection it holds. The five-story building, by Alfonso Architects, employs a mixed material palette, including bronze

accents and coated glass, to celebrate the historic era in a contemporary way. Alfonso Architects specified SunGuard SNX 51/23 coated glass, which offers benefits of solar control. Its high light transmission enhances interior daylighting and reduces air conditioning demands, while also imparting a subtle blue hue to the facade. MG McGrath’s glass and glazing team helped install the glass systems for the museum, including the curtain wall and skylights on the exterior and storefront systems on the interior. BRENNAN PHOTO + VIDEO

McMaster University, Peter George Centre for Living and Learning Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Architect: Diamond Schmitt Engineer: Buro Happold Fabricator: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope Glass (Acid-Etched): Walker Glass Glass (Solar Control): Vitro Architectural Glass Products: Vitro Solarban 67 Glass, Vitro Solarban 70 Glass Uniting classrooms, food, and housing under one roof, the 335,000-square-foot Peter George Centre for Living and Learning at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, functions as a microcosm of campus life.

Designed by Diamond Schmitt, the multifaceted student hub includes a 650-seat auditorium, a skylit atrium, and a U-shaped block of daylit residential and study spaces. The architects used high-performance glass from Vitro Architectural Glass throughout the building, including Solarban 70 for the atrium skylight, which offers protection against glare, and Solarban 67 on the facade, which helps to reduce cooling and heating loads. Acid-etched glass from Walker Glass was added to the curtain wall as decoration, bringing motion and variety to the large panes by imposing a subtle pattern on them.

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Santa Monica City Hall East Santa Monica, California

Architect: Frederick Fisher and Partners Civil Engineer: KPFF Structural Engineer: JAMA Contractor: Hathaway Dinwiddie Curtain Wall: Walters and Wolf Facade Engineer: Buro Happold Manufacturer: Viracon Product: Viracon VNE-53 Triple-Coated Performance Glass Designed by Frederick Fisher and Partners, the new Santa Monica City Hall East merges multiple civic departments, which for years had been scattered across Los Angeles, into a central location that borders the historic 1939 City Hall. The resulting addition is beauti-

ful, efficient, and functional, as well as discreet enough to not clash with the existing architecture. Motivated to meet the Living Building Challenge, the highest green-building standard in the country, the design team elected to use high-performance triple-coated glass from Viracon on the facades. The silver-blue glazing has an impressive balance of visible light transmission and solar heat gain coefficient, without sacrificing aesthetics. The glass reflects its richly landscaped surroundings, and a ceramic frit behind the glass lightens the building so that it matches the stucco of City Hall. Operable windows that allow cross ventilation add a dynamic quality to the building design.

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Products

High-Performance Glass

Fall 2021

Thanks to smart thinking and surface treatments, the latest innovative glazing and glass products are helping to transform the inside and outside of buildings. These solutions can make all the difference when it comes to meeting new energy efficiency standards or controlling the amount of natural light that a space takes in. Some combat the threat of fire or even bird impact with style and grace. By Adrian Madlener

Bird1st Etch Guardian Glass

SuperLite II-XL 60 SaftiFirst

Hoping to prevent the all-too-common and tragic reality of bird collisions with glass buildings, the new Bird1st Etch product by Guardian Glass sports nuanced yet highly visible acid-etched motifs. Available in four variations, the glass offers flexibility for curtain walls and other facade applications.

The SuperLite II-XL 60 transparent wall solution by SaftiFirst is fire resistant for up to 60 minutes. The customizable glass product—available in different glazing and opening applications and in the industry’s largest dimensions—can withstand impact, radiant heat, hose streams, thermal shock, and pressure.

guardianglass.com

safti.com

SkyFloor Walkable Skylights Series 2000 Glass Flooring Systems The SkyFloor Walkable Skylights Series 2000 breaks new ground, being the first of its kind to receive an ICC certification. The flagship of Glass Flooring Systems, it is perfect for small spaces or structures that require additional exposure without giving up on the overall area. glassflooringsystems.com

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Crystal Clear PVB Saflex

AviProtek Walker Glass

Harmony SageGlass

If the aim of architectural glass is hyper clarity, then Saflex’s new Crystal Clear PVB laminated glass succeeds. Perfect for premium applications and designs requiring low-iron glass, this aesthetic solution renders the glass necessary for insulation nearly invisible.

As the name implies, Walker Glass’s AviProtek is designed to protect our feathered friends. Etched patterns on the outer layer of the glass ensures a better rate of detection and collision avoidance. Considering the facade in all its nuance, the product can be used in guardrails, rainscreens, or insulated units and comes with a ten-year warranty.

SageGlass’s Harmony glazing solution affords large and small projects glare protection and daylight controls. Notably, the product incorporates a gradual in-pane tint transition system capable of producing stunning visual effects without obstructing views.

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Products

Ballistic & Bullet Glass

The Architect’s Newspaper

Comprising different soft and hard layers, ballistic and bulletproof glass is engineered to withstand the impact of one or more bullets or other projectiles. The following products ensure the safety of individuals inside a building or an enclosed room, or behind a barrier, even as they achieve a seemingly vulnerable transparency. By Adrian Madlener

BULLETBLOCK Insulgard Robust yet versatile, Insulgard’s BULLETBLOCK can be used in the framing systems for doors, windows, and storefront systems. Meeting the highest UL 752 requirements, this material can withstand multiple assaults. insulgard.com

Forced Entry/Ballistic Resistant (FE/BR) Viracon Intended for interior use, Viracon’s FE/BR line meets the highest Resistant Test Method standards. What’s more, the triple-insulated, glass–clad, polycarbonate laminate can be integrated into several Viracon glazing systems. viracon.com

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Bullet Resistant, ArmorResist Oldcastle BE

Ballistic Security Glass TSS Bulletproof

Oldcastle BE’s Bullet Resistant, ArmorResist product is a multi-ply laminated glass that is PVB bonded into a single component. Available in different colors, this economical product can be customized with various glass classifications in mind, including low-E, clear, low-iron, tinted, reflective, patterned, and wired.

Available in a range of acrylic, laminated polycarbonate, glass, and insulated glass variants, TSS Bulletproof’s Ballistic Security Glass product line meets every need and protection level. Depending on the UL rating, the glass can be used in retail contexts or, at the highest rating of 8, federal and military buildings.

obe.com

tssbulletproof.com


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Products

Fall 2021

Barriers, Coatings & Sealants

Want a seamless fit for your glass enclosure? Then you need sealants and barriers. Not only do they secure panels, windows, and doors in place, but they also help buildings control temperature and keep them energy efficient. Coatings and sprays offer even more protection. By Adrian Madlener

Great Stuff Pro Window & Door DuPont A cornerstone of DuPont’s wide range of building products, Great Stuff Pro Window & Door is a super-strong spray-foam agent that works to bond construction materials like glass to encasements and other framing solutions. Filling in any gap, this adhesive provides a fast-grab tack and guarantees a longterm bond.

TremGlaze S500+ Tremco

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WindowSeal Poly Wall

Tremco’s TremGlaze S500+ is a heavy-duty sealant engineered for a wide range of glazing solutions. Perfect for tough jobs, it also comes in numerous colors that match almost every standard building material. tremcosealants.com

Used to strip in or flash rectilinear window frames, Poly Wall WindowSeal self-adhering tape comprises waterproofed rubberized asphalt and laminated polyethylene film. It’s a combination that provides excellent elasticity during installation while also creating a powerful bond. poly-wall.com

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Fast Tack Firestop Spray STI Firestop

FOAMGLAS Owens Corning

G3 Seal Glasswerks

Specifically engineered for curtain wall systems, STI Firestop’s Fast Tack Firestop Spray can withstand all types of weather, including below-freezing temperatures. It is notable for its auto-bonding feature and is very quick to dry.

Thanks to its unique material composition, FOAMGLAS by Owens Corning is lightweight yet durable. Made of sealed glass cells, the insulation is noncombustible and offers exceptional compressive strength, not to mention moisture resistance.

Available with a 20-year warranty, Glasswerks’ G3 Seal is a flexible silicone foam warm-edge spacer developed for the most demanding glazing applications. It’s far more effective at creating secure connections than traditional aluminum fixtures.

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owenscorning.com

glasswerks.com


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Resources Ballistic & Safety Glass ASSA ABLOY assaabloy.com Global Security Glazing security-glazing.com Insulgard insulgard.com Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope obe.com SAFTI FIRST safti.com School Guard Glass schoolguardglass.com Technical Glass Products (TGP) fireglass.com Total Security Solutions tssbulletproof.com Tubelite tubeliteinc.com Viracon viracon.com

Barriers, Coatings, & Sealants DuPont dupont.com Glasswerks glasswerks.com Owens Corning owenscorning.com Pella pella.com Poly Wall poly-wall.com Saint-Gobain saint-gobain.com STI Firestop stifirestop.com Tremco tremcosealants.com Vitro Architectural Glass vitroglazings.com

Resources

Decorative Glass 3form 3-form.com Bendheim bendheim.com CARVART carvart.com Consolidated Glass Corporation cgcglass.com Cristacurva cristacurva.com Daltile daltile.com Galaxy Glass & Stone galaxycustom.com Glas Italia glasitalia.com Glass + Mirror Craft glassandmetalcraft.com Goldray Glass goldrayglass.com

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Lasvit lasvit.com Lunada Bay Tile lunadabaytile.com Marazzi marazziusa.com Nathan Allan Glass Studios nathanallan.com Pulp Studio pulpstudio.com SCHOTT North America us.schott.com Walker Glass Company walkerglass.com

Performance & Insulated Glass AGC Glass North America agcglass.com AZA-INT aza-int.com

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Resources

Fall 2021

JARED CHULSKI

Cardinal Glass Industries cardinalcorp.com Eastman eastman.com Faour Glass Technologies faourglass.com GAMCO gamcocorp.com GGI generalglass.com Innovative Glass innovativeglasscorp.com Kawneer kawneer.com Kinestral Technologies kinestral.com Kuraray kuraray.com Northwestern Industries-Arizona nwiglass.com Pilkington pilkington.com sedak sedak.com Technoform technoform.com Tecnoglass tecnoglass.com TGP Fireglass fireglass.com Thermalsun Glass Products thermalsun.com

YKK AP America ykkap.com

Smart & Specialty Glass AGNORA agnora.com Aluflam aluflam-usa.com Alumil alumil.com Arnold Glas ornilux.com Cricursa Spain cricursa.com C.R. Laurence crlaurence.com Dlubak Specialty Glass dlubakglass.com GlasPro glas-pro.com Glass Flooring Systems glassflooringsystems.com Guardian Glass guardianglass.com Saflex saflex.com SageGlass sageglass.com Skyline Design skydesign.com

Standard Bent Glass standardbent.com

Kolbe Windows & Doors kolbewindows.com

Vitro vitro.com

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