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GLASS ARCHITECTURE IN 2050

After Industrial Revolution, architectural glass production in the factory has provided stable quality of glass, and wide variety of glass forms. In the meantime, 3. 11 Tohoku Earthquake revealed that once the factories where things are produced were damaged, production process would be suspended and provoked shortage of supply. The idea represented here seeks for a new system of factory and attempts to revitalise the history of glass production, which propose the future of glass architecture, for instance, in 2050.

Historical Context

Glass Factory

Logistics

Glass making event is hidden

Sites

Restriction of size to be transported

architectural construction & glass production is actually NOT RELATED

Contemporary Model

Site Casting Glass as ARCHITECTURAL EVENT @ SITE

G.F. UNIT

G.F. UNIT Once upon a time, glass was rather solid, colourful, not transparent and had materiality.

Not accurate, not mass-produced, but they are all unique.

People manifactured glass rather than super accurate “machines�.

Development of technology suggests moving of function.

If function of factory stops, architectural production will stop too. Can a factory be functional without fixed site?

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G.F. UNIT Mobile Glass Factory

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How to create glass casting window

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Proposed model after 2050 -

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G.F. UNIT1

Fig.4 Create a caviy / a gap in the wall at certain extent Fig.5 Use blowing technich to infill the gap

Fig.2 Pour melted glass into gap

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Fig.13 In order to create continuous floating glass, Glass Factory Unit 2 should be connected to Unit 1 Fig.14 Once float glass is casted it well be delivered to craftmen Fig.15 Craftsmen will create shapes of glass

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Fig.10 Create sand mold and formwork around it Fig.11 Pour melted glass into the gap between sand mold & formwork

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How to create glass casting window Fig.7 Prepare formwork against roof gap

Fig.9 Wait until the glass gets cooler

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How to create long continuous floating glass

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Fig.6 Cut the blowing pipe off from the glass. Once it is cooled, use it as show case...etc.

Fig.3 Wait until the glass gets cooler

Fig.8 Pour melted glass into gap from top

Glass Factory Unit 2: Float Bath + Annealing, Cutting

How to create blowing glass window

Fig.1 Setting up new formwork against gap between the concrete wall to pour melted glass

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Unification of Glass Production, Logistic and Installment

M.G.F on Logistics

Glass Factory Unit 1: Melting + Refinning furnace 1

G.F. UNIT

Fig.12 Replace the sand and formwork

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Glass Factory Unit (G.F.U.) contains factory process of glass manifacturing might be separated into different container. Unit 1 could deals with glass casting method, while mixture of Unit 1 + 2 manage to produce continuous floating glass.


Central Glass Competition 2011