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.
Glass making event is hidden
Restriction of size to be transported
architectural construction & glass production is actually NOT RELATED
Site Casting Glass as ARCHITECTURAL EVENT @ SITE
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 â€œmachinesâ€?.
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?
G.F. UNIT Mobile Glass Factory
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Proposed model after 2050 -
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
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
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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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
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Fig.1 Setting up new formwork against gap between the concrete wall to pour melted glass
Unification of Glass Production, Logistic and Installment
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Glass Factory Unit 1: Melting + Refinning furnace 1
Fig.12 Replace the sand and formwork
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 International Architectural Competition 2011, 600 x 840 panel